Resolution for Reform of Counterproductive Export Control Policies
A number of American goods and products have potentially lucrative export markets but are unable to access them because of misguided and often outdated export control restrictions. This resolution seeks to identify export control regulations that have outlived their usefulness and resolve to address and correct these policies once identified.
Whereas, Americans are deeply concerned with job creation and economic stability; and
Whereas, international trade is a critical driver of economic growth; and
Whereas, there are a number of goods and products that have large export markets overseas; and
Whereas, many of these goods and products are subject to export restrictions; and
Whereas, these export restrictions may have once served the national interest but have outlived their usefulness; and
Whereas, many of these export control regulations prevent American businesses from effectively competing globally; and
Whereas, nations around the world are capitalizing on our inability to export specific goods and products to secure market share that the United States might have been able to secure if not for the restrictions; and
Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policy on free trade acknowledges that the imposition of artificial barriers to free and open trade are deterrents to American economic interests;
Therefore be it resolved that we identify restrictions on exports that do not contribute to the national interest and are antithetical to free market principles;
Be it further resolved, that the state of [INSERT STATE] petition the governmental entity overseeing restrictions on exports that do not contribute to the national interest and operate as a barrier to free markets to remove these restrictions.
Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on September 29, 2013.