Larson Highlights Labor Priorities in Taiwan Trade Hearing

Government and Politics

September 14, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today,?Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01)?participated in the Ways and Means Committee Hearing "The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Trade" and called for utilizing the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Taiwan.  

“The Biden Administration has brought about historic achievements for labor under the Rapid Response Mechanism, a provision the Ways and Means Committee helped develop in the USMCA. Ms. Bader-Blau, in your testimony, you argue that the Committee must prioritize labor rights for workers in Taiwan.” Rep. Larson asked, “How can the Committee most effectively apply the RRM to Taiwan to protect labor rights?”

Ms. Bader-Blau responded: “The Rapid Response Mechanism under USMCA and Mexico has led to historic achievements. Workers have immediate redress for abuse that did not exist under previous trade agreements, we have seen the rapid response mechanisms in Mexico be used effectively to benefit fundamental worker rights, like the right to organize and bargain in ways that have led to the most dramatic and most exciting new labor organizing anywhere in the global economy at the moment. So, that kind of mechanism, immediate redress, recognition of fundamental rights at work tied to trade law and immediately enforced is hugely important and sets a new floor.”

In 2019, Speaker Pelosi appointed Rep. Larson to the Democrats’ Trade Working Group. The Trade Working Group worked with labor advocates to fight to include the, at the time, novel Rapid Response Mechanism, which the Biden Administration has used to great effect to address worker’s rights violations in party countries. Rep. Larson is proud President Biden has used tools the Working Group developed to support his worker-centric trade agenda.

Rep. Larson asked additional questions in regard to climate and chip manufacturing.