Trading Up

A group of five Democratic Senators (including Arlen Specter) this week introduced the Trade Enforcement Priorities Act of 2009 (S. 1982), which among other things mandates the US Trade Representative to identify trade enforcement priorities and prioritize which foreign countries’ practices on which it will focus its enforcement efforts in the coming year.

It’s nice to see this bill taking shape, as trade — particularly with China — has been a constant sore spot for out industry for a decade.

America needs a well-established policy, and one that has some teeth. This appears a step in the right direction.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow