Rep. McNerney Issues Statement on Finalized Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
Washington – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) issued the following statement in response to President Obama announcing that negotiators have finalized the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement:
“Today the Obama administration reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact five years in the making to foster increased trade with a dozen Pacific Rim countries. Now that the terms of the agreement are finalized, Congress will have the opportunity to see specifics of the TPP not previously offered up by the Obama administration. I look forward to reviewing the facts and having an open discussion about the details of this agreement. If approved by Congress, the TPP would become the largest U.S. trade pact since the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico in 1993.
“I strongly believe that any trade agreement must protect middle class families and prioritize jobs for American workers. Too many American jobs have been outsourced as a result of prior deals; we must ensure that any agreement strengthens the middle class and does not unduly benefit one American industry at the expense of another. It is also important that aspects of this agreement maintain strong environmental protections and don’t threaten our efforts to combat climate change. I will weigh these concerns as my colleagues and I analyze this agreement, and I will listen to the views of local stakeholders and my constituents before the TPP comes to the House floor for a vote.”
Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.