September 20, 2011



To:                   SPEEA Council


From:               SPEEA Organizational Planning Committee (Org Planning).


Subject:            Pre-Submitted New Business: Support SPEEA promoting the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA).




Coalition for a Prosperous America is a coalition of Farm groups, Manufacturers, and Labor Unions.



The Trade Problem

America’s trade policies have caused grave harm to our country’s economy, security and people. Our trade deficit is over $1.5 billion per day. One in five manufacturing jobs have been lost in 10 years as tens of thousands of manufacturers have closed. Each energy intensive factory lost to another country produces up to eight times more global warming emissions than in the U.S. America’s traditionally large agricultural trade surplus has disappeared since NAFTA implementation. Food imports exceed exports and enter the country without food safety inspection. Trade agreements dangerously undermine America’s sovereignty by overriding the U.S. Constitution and local, state and federal laws.


We need international commerce that roughly balances imports and exports, without surrendering sovereignty, the environment or food safety. America can have trade that promotes its industrial and agricultural policy, produces jobs, increases incomes, and preserves our strength.



The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) is working for a new and positive U.S. trade policy that delivers prosperity and security to America, its citizens, farms, factories and working people. We are an unrivaled coalition of manufacturing, agricultural, worker, consumer and citizen interests working together to re-build an America for ourselves, our children and our grand-children. We believe America can provide good jobs for workers, affordable goods for consumers, opportunity for farms and manufacturers and a clean environment without compromising our national sovereignty and security. We are committed to achieving this outcome.


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.



CPA’s focus is upon the grass roots. We are educating citizens and local opinion leaders where they live and work. We are identifying those elected members of Congress who favor improved trade policies and, as importantly, those who do not. We will hold major events during the electoral cycles to inform citizens on the issues. Engaging Washington is important, but politicians come home on the weekends, and must face the citizens. Engaging America is our primary focus.


2010 Activity:

·         Helped pass the Currency Reform and Fair Trade Act in the House by an overwhelming margin of 348-79 in September 2010. This bill would allow the U.S. to neutralize foreign currency manipulation through countervailing duties.

·         Met with over 80 House and Senate offices in DC to advocate for remedying trade, currency, tax and import safety.

·         Met with Obama Administration officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture and the White House. Advocated a national trade and economic strategy to balance trade, create jobs and grow our economy.

·         Held our Holiday Salute event in December 2010, where we awarded our Carl E. Jones Award to Congressmen Tim Ryan and Tim Murphy who authored the Fair Currency Bill. We also recognized the work of many CPA supporters including businessmen and organizations that assisted in the House passage of the Bill.

·         Facilitated the Western Pennsylvania Economic Summit, Co-Chaired by Congressmen Jason Altmire (D-PA-04) and Timothy Murphy (R-PA-18). The Summit convened scores of local/regional organizations to discuss and agree upon long term trade and economic growth methods.

·         Hosted Congressional and Senate candidate forums to educate candidates and voters on trade issues.

·         Produced a multi-organizational document “Fixing America’s Economy II” for use by citizens, companies and trade associations to advocate for smarter trade and economic policies to government officials and candidates for office.

·         Developed a trade vote history scorecard for voters to evaluate legislators’ words versus their deeds.

·         Sponsored “Smart Trade meetings in Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Georgia designed to build voter support for balanced trade.

·         Managed the blog which is one of the top economic blogs in the country.



2011 Legislative priorities:

  • Currency manipulation bill
  • Value Added Tax
  • National trade and manufacturing strategies
  • [against] Korea FTA


Additional Information:

70% of the CPA’s work is in local organizing, which may be more useful to us than the DC lobbying. If CPA coordinates with the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, we can broaden our advocacy base locally, and break the spell of being the “most trade dependent state” in the country.

Michael Stumo is the President of CPA.

He has been quoted.   In link below lobbying_n_906623.html?view=print&comm_ref=false


“It’s not a fair fight,” agreed Michael Stumo, president of the Coaltion for a Prosperous America, which counts among its members the owners of companies that produce brass, chemicals and machine tools. “It’s the transnational’s versus the domestic producers and domestic manufactures,” he said.


there is no argument to be made from the past 17 past trade agreements that this will be a net trade benefit or a net jobs benefit for America,” said Stumo. “Past agreements have failed the test.”



SPEEA Org. Planning Committee Recommendation

The SPEEA Organizational Committee recommends passage of this motion.  There is no Cost to SPEEA.




It is moved that: Although Org Planning is not recommending that SPEEA join Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) at this time, we see value in the organization.  We recommend that SPEEA share information about CPA with a wider audience of labor and other community based groups that SPEEA is affiliated/associated or working with, to allow them to investigate joining  or working with CPA.


More background info:


News Release

Coalition for a Prosperous America

March 11, 2010

CPA Members Advocate National Trade Strategy to 80 Congressional Offices

Members of Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) delivered a balanced trade message to over 80 House and Senate offices this week.  On March 9 and 10, our members told Congress to refocus their efforts on developing a national trade strategy, passing a currency manipulation bill, and opposing a harmful trade agreement with Korea.

"We asked Congressmen across the country to agree on a pro-America trade and economic strategy," said Brian O'Shaughnessy, CPA's Chief Co-Chair and Chairman of Revere Copper Products.  "Neither party is addressing the trade deficits that are gutting our economy.  We can grow our economy and achieve full employment with a strategy to produce and invest here rather than offshore our industries."

CPA members asked Representatives and Senators to support a national trade and economic strategy that promotes investment and production in the United States.  Key issues included foreign currency manipulation and border taxes.  CPA members urged policy makers to pass The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2009 (H.R. 639 and S. 326) to address foreign currency manipulation.  Massive foreign tariffs in the form of value added taxes are also harming our trade competitiveness.  Unfortunately, many in the Administration and Congress are promoting a trade agreement with Korea which will cause more harm.

"Our agricultural products face a 35% currency tariff when selling to China," said Joe Logan, CPA Agriculture Co-Chair.  "Congress should immediately pass the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to neutralize this unfair barrier to America's farmers and ranchers."

"When my company exports copper or copper products, we must pay a 17% value added tax to foreign countries," said O'Shaughnessy.  "The VAT is also used by trade rivals to provide massive subsidies when they ship products to the U.S.  My company could grow and employ more people if Congress recognized this problem and addressed it effectively."

CPA members also oppose the Korea trade agreement which will further harm our trade competitiveness.  "Government data shows that the Korea deal will not produce net exports or net job creation," said O'Shaughnessy.  "The Korea deal also has a 35% "rule of origin" provision which will incentivize Chinese exporters to use Korea as a profitable, low-tariff, trans-shipment portal into the U.S. market.  Past bilateral trade agreements have stimulated a massive trade deficit.  We need a new trade strategy for balanced trade and then negotiate trade agreements to carry out that strategy." "CPA is a coalition of the people who make and grow things here," said Bob Baugh, CPA Labor Co-Chair.  "We believe that America’s economic and national security is tied to a productive economy that creates good jobs.  A vibrant American manufacturing economy is a bipartisan cause central to achieving that security.  Congress must begin where it left  off last year by taking action on currency legislation, a national  manufacturing strategy and putting an end to bad trade deals."   "Our Coalition has persuaded many more members of Congress to support addressing currency manipulation, value added taxes, and a national trade strategy then ever before," said Dave Frengel, Chair of the CPA Pennsylvania Chapter, and Director of Government Affairs for Penn United Technologies in Saxonburg, PA.  "U.S. manufacturers are globally competitive and ready to grow, but our government leaders must implement these solutions to leave the Great Recession behind us and create jobs." "We approached members of both parties with the core issue for economic recovery, which is balancing our trade deficit so we produce more goods, food, jobs and wealth in this country," said Adam Parr of the Steel Manufacturers Association, a CPA member who participated in the Fly In.  "The CPA Fly In offered a real opportunity for three diverse groups to come together and advocate for real solutions to the economic problems that we currently face."

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.