After long opposition from community groups and individuals going back years now, finally the President has stated that he will not push for enactment of the Trans Pacific Partnership during the lame duck session of Congress. While this is great news, we will continue to monitor the situation. We suspect that in spite of Donald Trump's opposition to TPP and calls for renegotiations of NAFTA and other agreements, that he will support his corporate buddies and try to enact some other trade agreement.
Here is the press release from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, long time opponent of the TPP and corporate trade.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2016
CONTACT: Ron Boehmer: 202-225-3661
DeLauro Applauds Obama Administration for Dropping Trans-Pacific Partnership Push
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding news that the Obama Administration would no longer pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the lame-duck session of Congress.
“The White House is saying it, the Senate Majority Leader is saying it, and the Speaker of the House is saying it: there will not be a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame-duck session of Congress.
“Together, a strong coalition of Members of Congress and labor, environmental, faith, and human rights organizations and activists worked diligently to stop this agreement. The Trans-Pacific Partnership meant more power for corporations and fewer good jobs and lower wages for American workers. Since it was signed in February 2016, it could not garner a majority of support in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We will move forward with pushing new rules of the road for future trade agreements, rules that respect organized labor and human rights, protect the environment, ensure food safety, fight currency manipulation, and create jobs and grow wages. The era of trade agreements that are drafted by and for corporate interests and give the American worker the short-end of the stick must end.”
On Tuesday, DeLauro will join Members of Congress and other leaders to hold a press conference on Capitol Hill regarding this news.