Nine House Democrats late last week called on the Obama administration to release the negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement quickly, and vowed to fight for the defeat of the agreement in Congress.
[Reposted from Inside US Trade | October 13, 2015]
In their Oct. 9 press conference, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) signaled that the opponents have begun their outreach to other members. “We had a meeting two days ago, the place was packed, standing room only,” he said. “We have just begun to fight….”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said the opponents will fight the TPP “to the very end. You’re not going to get us to roll over because we believe we can get the votes to stop the agreement.”
Participants in the press conference criticized the substance of the agreement as well as what they see as USTR’s lack of responsiveness in to their demands for the quick release of the text. At the press conference, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman had reached out to the 28 Democrats who voted for a renewal of the fast-track law earlier this year, but there had been no USTR engagement with the opponents.
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