[Daily News | November 11, 2016 |Inside US Trade]
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a leading Trans-Pacific Partnership opponent, is declaring victory now that the trade deal is highly unlikely to be taken up by Congress anytime soon, if ever.
DeLauro, in a statement, lauded the “news” that the the administration will not pursue TPP in the lame-duck session and gave credit to a broad coalition of opponents for defeating it – though she did not mention President-elect Donald Trump’s staunch opposition, which effectively killed the deal’s chances once he was elected this week.
“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,” DeLauro said in her statement, adding:
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.