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Wyden Statement on Release of Trans-Pacific Partnership Text
WASHINGTON –Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., promised to dig into the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement between the United States and 11 Asian Pacific nations, which was released today.
“I look forward to digging into the details of what was released today. In the days and weeks ahead I will be talking with Oregon workers, farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, and innovators to learn about what this agreement will do for them,” Wyden said. “I fought hard to make this day happen and ensure every word of the TPP is public for every American to read months before the president signs, and even longer before Congress votes on the agreement. Creating new transparency in trade agreements is essential for trade done right.”
Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation to require a new level of transparency for trade policy, as part of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. The bill requires the President to make the text of the proposed TPP public for at least 60 days before the President may sign the agreement. That law also requires the President to notify Congress of his intent to sign TPP and send it to Congress at least 90 days in advance of doing so. The president cannot send TPP to Congress for its consideration until after he signs the agreement.
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