VALLEY GROUP UNSURE OF BERMAN'S TRADE FOCUS.Byline: Sherry Joe Crosby Daily News Staff Writer
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Berman, a Mission Hills Democrat, replied that there is little he could do to boost the sagging industries.
``The procurement of planes, missiles and equipment to fuel wars - that spending has plummeted in recent years,'' he told about 35 business and civic leaders at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. ``More money is going to maintain the military rather than supply the military.''
Berman said fast-track trade legislation sought by President Clinton is vital to the U.S. economy.
``Export-driven growth is one major reason why the U.S. economy is so strong,'' Berman said, noting that one-quarter of the nation's economic growth can be traced to exports since 1992.
In California alone, exports have skyrocketed 45 percent since 1992, Berman said. ``The impressive growth in exports demonstrates the need for even more trade,'' he said.
Fast-track legislation, which Congress failed to pass in November, would force Congress to vote yes or no, without amendments, on trade agreements negotiated by the president with foreign countries. Fast-track authority was last enjoyed by President Ford and since has lapsed.
Berman said fast-track authority also would allow the president to push for better labor and environmental standards in foreign countries and reduce stiff tariffs the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. now faces.
``We can't afford to sit on the sidelines On the sidelines
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Of or relating to investors who, having assessed the market, have decided to avoid committing their funds. while the rest of the world hammers out new trade agreements,'' Berman said, noting that Asian countries are planning to negotiate a free trade area under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: see under Pacific Rim. . ``We need fast-track so the United States can play an active role in these agreements.''
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Urges fast-track support