Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Rep. Nolan Votes NO on TPA Fast Track

Jun 15, 2015
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today voted NO on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to “fast track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress with limited debate and no opportunity for amendment. Consideration of the entire package is expected to continue next week.

Following the House vote to support Fast Track, Nolan said he was “deeply saddened and disappointed” by the outcome, but noted that an overwhelming bipartisan “NO” vote on another key part of the trade package signals major trouble for the Trans-Pacific Partnership going forward.   

Prior to the vote, Nolan addressed his colleagues with the following statement:

“The simple truth is that these trade agreements are destroying our middle class. They are causing millions of Americans in mining and manufacturing to lose their jobs – and millions of others to lose wages and benefits. It now takes two or three jobs to earn the same kind of income that one job provided before these trade agreements.

“The fact is – over the last century we’ve built the strongest middle class in the history of the world with living wages and benefits and protections for health and safety and the environment. But with the emergence of these trade agreements we are asking Americans to compete with countries that have little or none of these benefits. And to complete, Americans would have to give up on all this progress – give up on the American dream. That’s what this is all about.

“I’ve reviewed the TPP documents, and make no mistake about it – this is a race to the bottom. The time has come for Congress to say no to these agreements. The time has come to put an end to them. They’ve been negotiated in secret for the benefit of a few at the top of the economic ladder – and kept from the public. The fact is – these agreements are destroying the American dream, the American economy and the American middle class – and we need to put a stop to them.”