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Rep. Linda Sánchez introduces amendment to prevent countries with poor LGBT protections from TPA

April 23, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congresswoman Linda Sánchez today introduced an amendment to H.R. 1890, the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, that would prohibit the U.S. from entering into trade deals with countries whose laws call for the imprisonment, torture, or even death penalty for the supposed "crime" of sexual orientation. 


Speaking before a Ways & Means Committee mark-up, Sánchez gave the following statement:


"I wish the TPA bill before us today gave Congress a truly meaningful say in the trade negotiation process before negotiations were nearly finished," said Rep. Sánchez. "But as we sit here at the 11th hour discussing negotiating objectives, I hope we can at least agree that one bright line rule should be the most basic of fundamental human rights to not be put to death based upon sexual orientation."


Earlier this year, 119 Democratic and Republican Members of Congress wrote to Ambassador Froman, calling for the suspension of Brunei from TPP negotiations until they revoke a new criminal code that violates these human rights.


"This simple amendment lets our trading partners know that US market access isn’t just a free pass.  If you want to do business with the United States, we will not tolerate this type of barbaric behavior. As Congress is contemplating this bill to delegate negotiating authority to the Administration, it is our duty to send clear marching orders when it comes to the rights of the LGBT community."