Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Applauds Bipartisan Opposition to MFN for China

July 22, 1998

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today applauded the courage of the bipartisan opposition to MFN for China. "Despite the millions of dollars spent by business and industry to maintain this failed policy and a nine day trip to China by President Clinton, we still maintained a strong vote for fairer trade, freer people, and a safer world," Pelosi said.

Rep. Pelosi, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Operations subcommittee, managed the debate for Democrats opposing MFN for China, now known as Normal Trade Relations or NTR. "The debate on the floor today is not about China getting MFN or NTR. The debate on the floor today is whether members of this Congress want to associate themselves with a failed policy, a policy which has seen our trade deficit, in the last 10 years, grow from $3 billion to $63 billion projected for 1998. The fact is, the Chinese regime has already decided that we are not going to have normal trade relations with them by having that Great Wall of China around their markets, resulting in that great trade deficit," Pelosi said.

"It's interesting to hear people talk about Normal Trade Relations. Well, a rose is a rose is a rose or in this case a thorn is a thorn is a thorn: A thorn in the side of the American worker, a thorn in the side of freedom and democracy for the people of China, a thorn in the side of the community of nations looking for ways to end the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," Pelosi said.

The House voted against the resolution to revoke MFN/NTR for China following four hours of debate. The resolution to revoke MFN/NTR for China failed by a vote of 166-264.

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