Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Reaffirms Opposition to Harmful Trans-Pacific Trade Deal
Honolulu, HI—Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued a statement following the announcement of a finalized agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“Until now, the American people have been shut out from the details of this trade agreement that looks to be like NAFTA on steroids. This deal, which will affect 40 percent of our global economy, will be even more unenforceable and more disastrous for American jobs and our economy than NAFTA has already proven to be,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
“I will examine the details of this deal carefully once it's delivered to Congress, but from what I have seen so far, the TPP agreement will benefit Wall Street banks and multinational corporations on the backs of hard-working Americans, and it will increase existing threats to our environment. As Congress goes through its 90-day review period, my top priority will be to bring voice to the working men and women who are deeply worried about how this will affect their jobs, and the small business owners and local manufacturers in Hawaiʻi and across the country who fear being forced out of business. These are the people who are the backbone of our economy, and their voices must be heard over the din of rhetoric coming from multinational corporations and special interests who will benefit most from this. If it contains the same noxious provisions we suspected it would, I will do all I can to defeat the TPP when it comes before Congress for a final up-or-down vote.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has repeatedly called for increased transparency in TPP negotiations, and voted against granting the Administration “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority earlier this year. While Congress passed TPA, she has continued to call for increased protections for domestic workers displaced by trade, including Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The full text of the TPP deal will be available to the American people for the first time following the president’s formal notification to Congress of his intent to sign the deal. Once that notification occurs, Congress will have 90 days to review the agreement before taking an up-or-down vote.