Senator Stabenow Statement on Finance Committee Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Thursday, April 23, 2015

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the Senate Finance Committee passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation:

"The United States is in a global marketplace and it's up to us to decide whether America is leading the race to the top, or if we're racing to the bottom. Workers in Michigan have seen what happens when bad trade deals get fast-tracked that hurt our manufacturers and drive down wages. Michigan families simply cannot afford to take home smaller paychecks or watch their good-paying jobs go overseas. Without strong, enforceable language that keeps countries from cheating on currency, labor, and environmental standards, we risk exporting our jobs instead of our products.

"Instead of fast-tracking trade, we need to fast-track the middle class by putting policies in place that will allow our businesses and workers to compete on a level playing field, spur job growth here at home, and strengthen opportunities for American working families."