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Tammy Baldwin Releases First TV Ad: “Paper” Highlights Record of Working to Strengthen Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Economy

Baldwin Leads Bi-Partisan Fight to Crack Down on China Cheating and Protect “Made in Wisconsin” Jobs


MILWAUKEE — Tammy Baldwin’s campaign for U.S. Senate released its first television ad, "Paper," today across the state of Wisconsin. The new ad highlights Baldwin's record of working across party lines and leading a bi-partisan fight to crack down on China's unfair trade practices that costs Wisconsin manufacturing and paper industry jobs.
 
"In Wisconsin, we lead the entire nation in paper industry jobs," Baldwin says in the ad, "But China, they lead the world in cheating. And it's costing us jobs in Wisconsin. So I brought Democrats and Republicans together to put sanctions on China now and punish them for making billions breaking trade rules. When the rules are fair, Wisconsin workers come out ahead."
 
Wisconsin has led the nation in papermaking for more than 50 years and has more jobs in the paper industry than any other state, employing nearly 53,000 workers in Wisconsin. None of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have yet to speak out on China's unfair trade practices and take a stand to crack down on China's cheating.
 
Baldwin has worked across party lines to introduce and pass bi-partisan legislation to take on China's unfair trade practices and strengthen Wisconsin's manufacturing economy by evening the playing field for workers in the Badger State.
 
Together with Fox Valley Congressman Reid Ribble, Baldwin introduced the CHEATS Act, which would allow the U.S. to impose countervailing duties on Chinese imports that are heavily subsidized by the Chinese government. As the Associated Press reported earlier this year, "Baldwin and Ribble said U.S. companies in some industries are at a disadvantage because of Chinese practices that violate international trade law."
 
In addition, Congress passed (370-39) bi-partisan legislation in March sponsored by Baldwin to restore expiring trade sanctions designed to protect Wisconsin paper mills and a select group of other American manufacturers hard hit by inexpensive Chinese imports.
 
Just this month Baldwin introduced The PAGE Act (Purchasing American Generates Employment) to promote Wisconsin paper. The "Buy American" legislation that would require that any paper products purchased by the federal government must be grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the U.S.
 
Working with U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, Baldwin has also pressed the federal government for a balanced approach to regulations on Wisconsin's paper manufactures so that we protect our environment and public health, while at the same time we work to strengthen Wisconsin's manufacturing economy.

Contact:
Brandon Weathersby 
press@tammybaldwin.com
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Background

 
Wisconsin Leads The Nation In Paper Jobs
 
The Wisconsin Paper Industry Employs Over 50,000 People. According to the Wisconsin Paper Council: "Wisconsin's paper industry creates approximately 5.3 million tons of paper annually, employs nearly 53,000 people, and is the number one paper producer in the United States." [Wisconsin Paper Council]
 
Wisconsin Has More Jobs In The Paper Industry Than Any Other State. Testifying at the International Trade Commission, Rep. Petri said: "A recent study published by the Alliance for American Manufacturing, citing Census Bureau data on employment in the paper industry, showed Wisconsin as the nation's leader in paper industry jobs, with approximately 8 percent of the national paper and paper products workforce." [Testimony of U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri, 9/16/2010]
 
Chinese Cheating Is Costing Us Jobs In Wisconsin
 
The Chinese Government Spends Billions In Subsidies. According to the Economic Policy Institute: "China’s rapid rise in the global paper industry has been fueled by over $33.1 billion in government subsidies from 2002 to 2009." [Economic Policy Institute, 6/2010]
 
Wisconsin Lost 52,300 Jobs As A Result Of China’s Unfair Trade Policies Between 2001-2008. [Economic Policy Institute, 3/23/2010]
 
Baldwin Introduced AND PASSED Bi-Partisan Legislation To Crack Down On Chinese Cheating Baldwin, Ribble Introduced Legislation To Protect Wisconsin Industry From China’s Unfair Trade Practices. Baldwin and Ribble introduced the CHEATS Act, which would allow the U.S. to impose countervailing duties on Chinese imports that are heavily subsidized by the Chinese government. [Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2/18/2012]
 
The CHEATS Act Will Level The Playing Field With Tariffs On Imported Paper From China. The Associated Press reported: "Baldwin and Ribble said U.S. companies in some industries are at a disadvantage because of Chinese practices that violate international trade law. For example, China provided more than $33.1 billion in subsidies to its paper industry from 2002 to 2009, allowing it to supplant the U.S. as the world's largest producer of paper and paper products, they said." [Associated Press State & Local Wire, 2/18/2012]
 
House Passed Baldwin's Legislation To Protect Wisconsin’s Paper Industry. On March 6, 2012, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported: "The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to restore expiring trade sanctions designed to protect Wisconsin paper mills and a select group of other American manufacturers hard hit by inexpensive Chinese imports." [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/6/2012]
 
Tammy Baldwin Fights For Wisconsin Paper
 
Baldwin Sponsored The PAGE Act (Purchasing American Generates Employment) To Promote Wisconsin Paper. On June 7, 2012, Tammy Baldwin introduced H.R. 5908, the Purchasing American Generates Employment (PAGE) Act. The bill would require that any paper products purchased by the federal government must be grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the U.S. [112th Congress H.R 5908, introduced 6/7/2012]
 
Baldwin has worked with US Senator Herb Kohl to Fight for Wisconsin’s paper manufacturers. In an Op-Ed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tammy Baldwin highlighted her work with US Senator Herb Kohl TO press the federal government for a balanced approach to regulations on Wisconsin's paper manufactures so that we protect our environment and public health, while at the same time we work to strengthen Wisconsin's manufacturing economy. "Heeding the concerns of Wisconsin's paper manufacturers, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and I met with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in April. We made a strong case for Wisconsin manufacturers and urged the administrator to allow more time to implement the new standards." [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Baldwin Op-Ed), 6/18/2012]
 
 
Tammy Baldwin: In Wisconsin, we lead the entire nation in paper industry jobs. But China, they lead the world in cheating and it's costing us jobs in Wisconsin.
 
So I brought Democrats and Republicans together to put sanctions on China now and punish them for making billions breaking trade rules.
 
I'm Tammy Baldwin and I approve this message because when the rules are fair, Wisconsin workers come out ahead.
 
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