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CPA Members Visit 105 Congressional Offices


News Release

Contact: Sara Haimowitz, [email protected]

March 15, 2013

Washington, DC ~ Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) members from across the country converged on Capitol Hill on March 13th capitoland 14th to advocate fixing the trade deficit as the number one economic priority for the nation.  Company owners and executives, service sector businesses, trade association representatives and citizens from all corners of the U.S. visited 105 Congressional offices delivering their message.

“This was the best CPA Legislative Fly In yet,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. “We had great member participation from across the country.  Our members said their meetings showed that Congress knows and respects CPA as a trustworthy advocate with solid, clear ideas to grow jobs, wealth and growth.”

Fixing the trade deficit was CPA’s number one issue. The U.S. has the worst trade performance of any country in the history of the world. President Obama and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative wrongly push increased “two way trade” which results in record trade deficits and a massive transfer of industries, jobs, intellectual property and wealth to other countries.

“In 2011 alone, our trade deficit caused the American economy to be four percent smaller than it would have been with balanced trade,” continued Stumo. “As a result, millions of workers in every state are now collecting unemployment checks and food stamps.”

CPA told Congress that any new trade agreements, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, needed to be negotiated in a way to serve a U.S. national trade and economic strategy, and neutralize foreign mercantilism.  Thirteen objectives, called the 21st Century Trade Agreement Principles, were distributed to every office.

CPA members also told Congress to pass legislation to remedy currency manipulation; equalize foreign value added taxes charge to our exports; pass the ENFORCE Act to address fraudulent avoidance of duty orders at the border; and support new USDA rules on country of origin labeling of meat.

“Our members will follow up with their legislators throughout the year.  We simply cannot fix the budget deficit and unemployment without fixing the trade deficit,” said Stumo.  ”If we balance trade, the increased U.S. production, employment and tax revenue will result in substantial growth, solid tax revenue collection, and millions of people returning to work.”

The Coalition for a Prosperous America is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members.


3 Responses to “CPA Members Visit 105 Congressional Offices”

  1. Joel Ross says:

    It was another successful fly-in to Washington this year! If you weren’t there, you missed a great experience walking around the halls of congress, where we delivered our message to fix trade, support US-based manufacturing and turn around our economy and employment problems. Plan to come next year!

  2. adalberto Cervantes says:

    Do we need a Patriot Movements in the US in our IT companies?
    IT Extremists are working in communist and socialist monopolies coming mainly from India; there are different kinds of extremist working in IT religious, political, financial, and social among others.
    The situation is that the IT American businesses were not growing at the same level as the real figures showed in the American IT market. Because of the incomes goes offshore, and we are importing IT technology or services. In spite of having more IT employments for Americans, we are importing services, offshore and outsourcing alien consultants. The economic benefit of doing that has not been measure and it doubly that American companies have improved productivity and quality as it is used to be done with American business consultant services, today there are some mistakes in the basic accounting, finances and tax preparation, and nobody inside the companies are noticing that because of the use of ERP, it is like a black box, and wrong decisions in the implementation processes.
    Americans have a lot of enemies around the world, and the IT extremists are the main part of all, because they are coming to the States, they see the differences between their countries, and after they are doing the wrong business decisions that are not doing in the American way. For example Activity Based Costing in the ERP are not reducing costs or improving productivity any more in the way it is implanted in the American companies. It is difficult to find out what it is happening and expert in American mathematical models are needed to make them work again.
    The problem for Americans dealing with extremists is that the violence in IT now-a-days, it is not necessary business as a goal, but also there are extremist ideas, fantasies and others we have to deal in US IT. The scientific decisions of industrial engineering have been lost during the process of ERP.

  3. Will Wilkin says:

    The Fly-In experience only increased my respect for CPA. This was my first Fly-In. Before it, CPA to me was just a great website where important information and quality discussion could be found regarding America’s deepening economic problems. Now I see that CPA is a lot more than this great website.

    Mike Stumo and many other veteran CPA leaders engaged many Congressional aides in substantive discussions, advocating very knowledgeably for policies that would balance our trade and put America back to work. Ellen Croibier and Sarah Haimowitz worked non-stop with amazing competence and professionalism in scheduling these appointments at over 100 Congressional offices. Data collection on all the meetings ensures follow-up with the politicians will be based on ground already covered.

    In the preparatory conference meeting the day before going to Congress, I met and heard from a wide array of industry trade group representatives, organized labor, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens, all brought together by CPA to advocate not for special interests but for the prosperity of the American people and the historic turnaround our country desperately needs.

    Reading the mainstream (and alternative) media can take one into a sea of despair and disorientation, making the economic and social disintegration of America seem inevitable. Working with CPA leaders, staff and activists proves that an American renaissance is still possible, the ideas and the dedication to the common good still exist after all!

    I urge everyone to deepen their involvement in CPA. There is no other coalition like it, genuinely uniting people of all political persuasions around our common interests in the prosperity of our country. Instead of partisan fighting on a sinking titanic, the answer is to unite around solutions that will grow our economy so we can again be a nation of productive work that raises all boats together.


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