Trade isn't part of the problem, its part of the solution, says U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk: Remarks by Ambassador Ron Kirk United States Trade Representative. (remarks at Georgetown University Law Center, today).
Exports accounted for 13 percent of GDP last year and almost half of overall U.S. trade growth in the three years leading up to the recession. As exports have fallen 16 percent, unemployment has risen, so:
"An aggressive effort to keep trade flowing and open more markets to American goods and services absolutely must be a big part of our economic recovery here at home...."
"To get our economy back on track, we need to increase exports. That means we need access to growing economies abroad...."
"...a strong case can be made for trade as a creator not just of jobs, but of the better-paying jobs that Americans want and need today."
Here's how the administration plans to proceed: