U.S. Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25) today led a bipartisan letter from members of the New York congressional delegation to President Barack Obama opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
TPP is a free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 countries: Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore. Members sent the letter as final negotiations are currently underway between the U.S. administration and the participating foreign countries.
“Western New York bears the scars of poorly negotiated past free trade agreements – scars like lost jobs, shuttered factories and a generation lost to economic opportunities that were outsourced to foreign competitors,” Collins said. “I cannot support a trade agreement that once again threatens America’s working middle class, and fails to address several of the biggest challenges facing American manufacturers, including currency manipulation and intellectual property protection.
“I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her leadership on this issue and the rest of the New York delegation who joined us in signing this letter.”
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