June 12,2015

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Wyden Statement on House Trade Vote

WASHINGTON –Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement following votes by the House of Representatives on trade legislation.

“The only way to get a better deal for American producers, for the environment, and for workers around the world is to negotiate strong trade agreements that hold our trading partners accountable,” Wyden said. “Our trade promotion authority bill requires President Obama to do exactly that. It would be a mistake to let this opportunity pass our country by, and let nations like China and Russia write the rules on global commerce, while other countries write America off.

“It is disappointing that members of my own party voted against expanding assistance and health coverage to workers solely to bring down trade legislation, and I am pleased the House will hold another vote on TAA next week so it has a chance to reconsider this short-sighted decision. Our bipartisan package of trade, worker assistance and enforcement legislation passed the Senate by a wide, bipartisan margin, and I urge the House to quickly get back to work to move this legislation across the finish line.”