Federalism and International Relations Task Force: Policy Prescriptions to Address Economic and Health Care Challenges in the Face of COVID-19

The Federalism and International Relations Task Force details model policy to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Once recommendations to mitigate the pandemic are lifted, it’s time to begin repairing the global economy. One way of the surest ways to speed our nation’s recovery and to strengthen our strategic and economic connections with nations around the world is to expand our international trade outreach.

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Upon withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in January 2017, the White House pledged to pursue bilateral trade frameworks in the multilateral agreement’s place. Now would be a good time to negotiate such free trade agreements, and the UK and Taiwan should be among the obvious early candidates. Model policies calling on the launch of negotiations include the following:

It would be positive for economic growth if the USTR joined the CPTPP – the framework forged by the countries that remained in TPP following America’s departure.

Resolution Calling for the Creation of a National Federalism Task Force

States have stepped up to the plate and exhibited leadership during the crisis. Imagine how much more powerful their response could be with a National Task Force that would enable them to push back against federal overreach and coordinate with each other more effectively. Establishing a National Federalism Task Force could help to accomplish that.

Policy prescriptions developed by our members can be found in ALEC Connect.

In Depth: Federalism

Genuine accountability to hardworking taxpayers results when state and local legislators work with members of the community to determine a plan of action that is right for each individual state, city or town. Real solutions to America’s challenges can be found in the states – America’s fifty laboratories of democracy…

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