Key Vote Alert – "NO" on the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act (S. 1619)

Mr. Andrew Roth - September 28th, 2011


“NO” on Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act (S. 1619)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act (S. 1619) sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown. The Senate plans to consider the bill in early October. A vote on this bill will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.


This proposal would make it easier for the government to slap punitive tariffs on “nonmarket” economies – in particular China – if an exporting country’s currency is considered misaligned against the U.S. dollar. This is a disastrous proposal that would increase taxes on American consumers, stall the economic recovery, and spark an ugly trade war that would benefit no one.


Supporters of this bill believe that cheap imports from China are harming our nation’s manufacturers, but they fail to realize that China ships intermediary goods and raw materials to the United States, not just final consumer products. These cheap goods are used by our nation’s businesses to produce final products that can be sold at competitive prices. And even if supporters of this bill had a valid argument, the better course of action to spur our nation’s economy is not to punish another country through higher taxes on ourselves, but by lowering taxes on corporate income, capital gains, and dividends. This would ignite economic growth, expand our access into foreign markets, and make American companies more competitive and innovative. Likewise, cheap imports are not a drag on the economy. They give consumers more choice and the extra resources to save and invest. We strongly urge all members to not only vote against this bill, but to decline co-sponsorship of it.

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