Delaney Statement on Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

May 1, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, legislation to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“Right now, two things are happening: 1) Congress is considering a bipartisan agreement that instructs the President on trade negotiations and begins the deliberation process for a new accord and 2) China is working on their own regional trade agreement. I support giving President Obama Trade Promotion Authority because it will give the President the tools he needs to negotiate the best trade deal for America and our workers. For the first time, the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority package includes groundbreaking environmental and labor standards and provides unprecedented human rights protections. The Trade Promotion Authority Package gives President Obama new ways to enforce these standards to make sure we’re not having a race to the bottom that drags American workers down. So it’s either going to be our country setting the terms for trade or it’s going to be China. I want our country, our government and this President setting the terms of international trade, not China.

“Every day, Maryland workers and businesses compete in a global economy and as a lawmaker I believe it is my responsibility to help them succeed. On balance, trade materially helps Maryland’s economy and if you care about Maryland’s economy you have to care about trade. According to the Department of Commerce, last year 59,000 Maryland jobs were supported by over $12 billion in exports. However, we also know that certain regions and industries have suffered from the combined effects of technological innovation and globalization. Working together, these trends have hollowed out middle class jobs and the negative effects of these trends must be reversed. Good trade deals can do this by adding important momentum to the manufacturing resurgence that is occurring in the United States.  Low energy costs combined with technological innovation and a growing recognition by companies that there are many advantages to being in the United States are making manufacturing – again – one of the fastest growing segments of our economy. A good trade deal will open more markets for these U.S. manufacturers and create more jobs. But we also need other polices as well, such as a national infrastructure jobs program – an area I have focused on in Congress  – and investments in education and job training, plus pro-worker polices like a higher minimum wage."