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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on Trump Administration’s Executive Order to Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jan 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of progressives in Congress, labor groups, activists, and dwindling public support, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) failed last year. The TPP would have been the last, biggest, worst trade deal in history.

“I’m pleased with the President’s formal action today. I hope this executive order is an indication that President Trump is committed to  rewriting our nation’s disastrous trade policy, so it supports middle class families and keeps jobs here at home in the United States. The next big hurdle for the President will be to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the so-called “free” trade policy that devastated the U.S. manufacturing industry and shifted millions of good-paying jobs out of the United States.

“To be successful a new NAFTA trade policy should meet the priorities under my 21st Century Worker’s Bill of Rights , including:

  • Eliminating incentives to send jobs overseas;
  • Eliminating the dangerous ISDS provisions that undermine U.S. sovereignty;
  • Ending the race to the bottom by requiring strong, enforceable labor & environmental standards;
  • Adding strict, enforceable disciplines to fight currency manipulation;
  • Requiring strong rules of origin on cars, auto parts and other manufactured goods;
  • Eliminating procurement provisions that undermine Buy American; and
  • Eliminate tribunals that undermine U.S. trade enforcement laws, such as NAFTA Chapter 19

“I’m hopeful that the Trump Administration will adhere to these principles and provide a new trade policy that works for all Americans.”

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