Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Fast-Track Trade Authority

June 18, 2015

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today narrowly approved Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not the free-trade deal it promises to be. Today, despite my no vote, Congress sadly gave up its constitutional authority to amend this trade deal by voting for fast track authority, paving the way for yet another unfair trade deal that’s bad for American workers.

“The American people deserve fair trade, not another so-called ‘free trade’ deal that forces our workers to compete on an uneven playing field. Michiganders have played by the rules and worked hard only to see many of their jobs shipped overseas, largely in part to bad trade deals. They are rightfully skeptical of the same failed promises with past trade deals like NAFTA, which helped to hollow out America’s manufacturing base and ship thousands of American jobs overseas.

“We live in a global economy, and I understand that trade, done right and fairly, can benefit America and the rest of the world. I believe that any new trade deal must recognize workers’ rights, stand up for human rights, protect our environment and crack down on currency manipulation. Sadly, this new trade deal fails on all of these fronts. This new trade deal is seriously flawed and is anything but fair.

“The fight for fair trade is not over, and I will continue to stand for American jobs and against bad trade deals that hurt our country’s competitiveness.”