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Rep. Engel, House Colleagues Speak Out Against TPP

Rep. Engel, House Colleagues Speak Out Against TPP

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was joined by more than a dozen Democratic and Republican colleagues from the New York House delegation on Wednesday to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The bipartisan group of lawmakers called the trade pact “misguided” and sent a letter to Obama administration officials expressing their dissatisfaction with the agreement.

“We have a responsibility to working families to make sure that any trade agreement we sign treats them fairly. TPP does not treat American workers fairly,” Congressman Engel said. “I am not opposed to trade, but I can’t support an agreement that will only exacerbate wage stagnation and lead to greater economic hardship for workers. Between horrifically low wages, nonexistent worker protections, and currency manipulation across so much of the TPP zone, this agreement will make it even harder for American workers to compete.

“TPP has lacked transparency from the beginning, which is why I opposed fast track. Now that we have all seen how lopsided it is, I’m happy to stand with New York Democrats and Republicans to do what we can to try to stop this deal.”