This is from last week, but bizarre and worth highlighting via U.S. Fed News, a press release from Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) that includes the following:
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and five U.S. Senators met Tuesday with U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab to urge that trade agreements be renegotiated to include benchmarks for success, including whether the agreements had resulted in a net improvement in U.S. job creation and higher wages.
"With stagnant wages and good jobs disappearing, America's workers need a new trade policy that will promote job creation and wage growth at home. This Administration also should be pursuing remedies to China's deliberately undervalued currency, preferably through action at the WTO," Senator Webb said.
Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), who hosted the meeting, said that while Ambassador Schwab demonstrated a willingness to discuss the concept of benchmarks, she insisted it is not possible to measure the economic impact of trade agreements, including job creation. "We obviously have some differences," Dorgan said.
Schwab's argument would probably come as quite a surprise to folks like Rob Scott at the Economic Policy Institute, who have been doing for the past several years exactly what she claims is impossible in reports like Revisiting NAFTA and Costly Trade With China.