January 26, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Say Goodwin will be Asset in U.S. Relationship with China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that Senate leaders have agreed to nominate Carte Goodwin to a two-year term on the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission. The appointment became effective this month. 

The Commission plays an important role in studying trade between the U.S. and China, and determining whether there are national security or economic implications. The Commission’s work is geared toward an annual report for the President and Congress, and Rockefeller said that Goodwin is uniquely suited for the role.

“Carte will be a terrific addition to this Commission and its work to provide the President and Congress with an overview of the major issues that drive the relationship between our country and China,” said Rockefeller. “Carte is well known as a problem solver with an impressive ability to strip away the rhetoric and get straight to the facts, and most importantly, he has a keen understanding of the role that outsourcing and the decline in local manufacturing has meant to a state like ours. He also understands the law and can couple that with his instinctive feel for the politics that surround America’s relationship with China. That experience will serve him well and I believe make him an invaluable part of the Commission.” 

“I am so proud that we will have someone with the qualities, character and dedication of Carte Goodwin looking out for the interests of the United States on this important commission on our relationship with China,” Manchin said. “As my legal counsel in the Governor’s office, Carte was a vital part of the team that made West Virginia stronger and I know he will do the same for this great nation. He truly understands what good manufacturing jobs mean to our America, and I know that he will keep hard-working Americans as his top priority in his work on this Commission. I want to especially thank Senator Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, for nominating him to take on this role for our country.”

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created on October 30, 2000. The Commission directs its research in eight main areas, including weapons proliferation, economic transfers, energy, American capital markets, regional economic and security impacts, U.S.-China bilateral programs, WTO compliance, and the implications of restrictions on speech and access to information in China. The Commission is composed of 12 members, three of whom are selected by each of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, and the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the House.