USA*ENGAGE Cites Importance of China PNTR

Monday, 8 May 2000

The USA*ENGAGE - National Foreign Trade Council Report Card, also issued in 1998 and 1999, grades Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on individual voting records on issues affecting international trade, unilateral sanctions, and global engagement. The report card has been widely recognized as one of the most accurate, fair and bipartisan representations of where Members of Congress stand on the trade issues of greatest interest to America’s business community.

"The China vote won’t quickly evaporate into the political fog. Rather, it is a vote that will change history. PNTR is the most important trade vote that any Congress has faced for many years. A double count is clearly warranted," said Bill Lane, Washington Government Affairs Director for Caterpillar, Inc. and Chairman of USA*ENGAGE.

Lane indicated that the next edition of the report card would be issued prior to this summer’s party conventions and the fall campaign season. For the first half of the 106th Congressional session 14 Republicans and 10 Democrats in the Senate received "A" or "A+"; and 67 Republicans and 25 Democrats in the House received "A" or "A+."

"The report card has been a useful reference tool to help companies identify both Members that are supportive of the trade and engagement agenda, and those that more readily embrace sanctions and isolationism. In the 1998 election, it is no coincidence that every Member of Congress who received an A or A+ rating, and then ran for reelection – won," Lane concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at



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