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Linda Sánchez: TPA Legislation Does Not Promote US Competitiveness or Protect American Jobs (1.9.14)

January 9, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) released the following statement today after Chairman Senator Max Baucus and Chairman Congressman David Camp release their plan for trade legislation:


“The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation proposed today falls short in many respects, including the role Congress should play in crafting trade agreements, transparency, and the need for provisions that strengthen US competitiveness,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “This legislation will make it easier to ship jobs overseas at a time when Congress should be doubling down on building middle class jobs in America.  I cannot support any Fast Track legislation that does not focus on American competitiveness or protect American jobs. 

Furthermore, it is difficult to think of a worse time for Congress to debate Fast Track Authority. We should be focused on extending unemployment insurance, increasing the minimum wage, and creating good paying middle class jobs.”