Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF0–October 5, 2015. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement on the completion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations:
“The completion of negotiations on the specifics of the TPP changes very little: it’s still a bad deal that will devastate American manufacturing, cause massive layoffs and prioritize corporate interests over the needs of everyday Americans.
“The deal, if approved by Congress, will still subject Americans to the same failed trade policies first introduced in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—the trade agreement that destroyed America’s middle-income workforce and sent millions of jobs overseas.
“This deal still blocks sick people in developing nations from accessing affordable, life-saving drugs. This deal still allows giant corporations to attack consumer protections for the sake of increasing their own profits.
“The stark reality is that Congress has already ceded its constitutional authority to the President by passing “Fast Track” and gave away its opportunity to amend the agreement. But we still have one more chance to kill the last, biggest, worst trade deal in history.
“I will continue to fight against this misguided agreement and do everything I can to protect American workers when it comes to the Floor for a final vote.”