Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Statement on the Completion of TPP Negotiations

Oct 5, 2015
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

“Having reviewed the preliminary TPP agreement, and after attending weekly classified briefings for the past two years, it’s clear to me that there are no significant protections for American manufacturers and workers – for their wages, pensions and health care – or for our economy or our environment.

Unless Congress puts a stop to it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will follow NAFTA in a race to the bottom that will send millions more good American jobs overseas. As miners across Minnesota’s Iron Range continue to face devastating layoffs, the TPP would allow the continued dumping of millions of tons of low-grade, foreign government-subsidized steel and other knock-offs of top quality American manufactured goods into our marketplace, doing irreparable damage to our economy.

To be clear, American workers can complete and win anywhere in the world – but not when forced to compete with nations like Vietnam and Malaysia where wages are low, worker benefits are virtually non-existent and environmental regulations are largely a joke.

In short, these negotiations have been conducted in secret by foreign governments and multi-national corporations for the sole benefit of wealthy executives and special interests – to the detriment of American workers, our environment, our food safety and our ability to innovate and advance human development. I will continue to do everything in my power to see that it’s defeated in the Congress.”