The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House. Dan Lipinski joined some time afterwards.
"Trade Act of 2008"
The "Trade Act of 2008" (HR 6180) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Mike Michaud of Maine in early June.
It has gathered 63 cosponsors, including Illinois Representatives Danny Davis, Phil Hare, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Daniel Lipinski, Jan Schakowsky. In the Senate, the legislation (S 3083) was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and gathered 4 cosponsors.
No "fast Track"
On May 7, Chicago DSAer Tom Broderick took part in two press conferences and rallies focusing on Fast Track and the secretive trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The latter is also called the Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement.
The first press conference was called by Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-3) and District 7 Steelworkers. Rep. Lipinski has taken a strong stand against Fast Track and the secretive trade deals. Joining him were Representative Robin Kelly (D-2) and an aide from the office of Representative Danny Davis (D-7).
Citing the broken promises of past trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Rep. Lipinski spoke of the nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Illinois alone. He also said that the estimated 70,000 new jobs and soaring exports that KORUS (the U.S. ~ Korean Free Trade agreement) was supposed to provide has turned into a loss of 60,000 jobs and an increase in the trade deficit.
He also said that it was the responsibility of the U.S. Congress to ensure that trade agreements create good paying American jobs and safeguard the consumer and environmental protections.
Rep. Kelly said that although she wanted to work with the President, it was necessary to engage in a deeper, broader and more inclusive dialogue regarding international trade. She said there could be no fast track to a more prosperous future and that currency manipulation damaged U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. Fast Track was not appropriate for our international trade agreements.
Also speaking at the event were Tiffany Ingram, Midwest Advocacy Director for Natural Resources Defense Council, Bill Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Lapham-Hickey Steel of Chicago, Robert Reiter, Jr., Secretary Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Carson Starkey, Director of Illinois Fair Trade Campaign.
ARA endorsement, 2014
Blue Dog Coalition
In Congress, Daniel Lipinski is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.