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Carter Statement on Conclusion of Trade Negotiations

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga-01) released the following statement today in response to the announcement in Atlanta on an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Robust trade is of great importance to creating jobs and prosperity throughout our country but especially in the First District with our rapidly growing Ports of Savannah and Brunswick.  While I am hopeful about the potential opportunities created by TPP, I also have serious concerns that must be addressed.  Earlier this year, I voted to require for the first time in history that the full text of a free trade agreement be made available to the American people for at least sixty days before being voted on in Congress.  I intend to use every one of those days to thoroughly examine the deal and to ensure my constituents have the opportunity to ask questions and fully understand the potential ramifications and benefits of this agreement.  I will only support an agreement that respects our existing laws while leveling the playing field for American workers and job creators.”

Carter supported legislation earlier this year that was signed into law to assert Congress’ role in and bring transparency and accountability to international trade agreements and to require a sixty day review period of the agreement for the public. The legislation established Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a process by which Congress lays out requirements for trade agreements to receive expedited consideration.