WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to Secretary Clinton’s announced opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:
“Progressives—and all Americans—seek an economic future with good jobs and more inclusive economic growth. The Trans-Pacific Partnership can help achieve both of these important goals. The TPP would expand U.S. trade to growing Asia-Pacific markets in innovative and important sectors where America is strong, supporting higher-paying jobs. At the same time, the TPP’s groundbreaking provisions on the digital economy and small business trade could boost export opportunities for American entrepreneurs and smaller exporters which, in turn, can help spread gains from trade more broadly throughout the American economy.
“The TPP would also help assure that this growing trade would happen under enforceable, high-standard commitments to protect labor rights, preserve the environment, ensure an open Internet, reduce corruption, and increase transparency. These and other TPP commitments would help level the international playing field for American exporters and their workers, while providing tangible help to workers and people in all TPP countries.
“In light of these and other anticipated benefits from TPP, PPI is disappointed that Secretary Clinton has expressed her opposition to the agreement—and we hope that she’ll reconsider this initial view once the TPP’s full text is released. Like any negotiated agreement, the TPP is certainly far from perfect. But it has significant potential to support smarter and more inclusive growth and to orient U.S. trade towards new markets, new opportunities and a rapidly changing global economy—and to do so in a way that advances key American values. And, as Secretary Clinton well knows, the TPP could also deliver critical geopolitical benefits for the United States and our key allies in the Pacific region.
“Many who routinely oppose new trade agreements—like those who repeatedly vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act—are often long on rhetoric and short on practical and achievable solutions. It would be unfortunate for a thoughtful leader like Secretary Clinton to make common cause with reflexive anti-traders—in both parties—whose zero-sum views on the global economy are rooted in the failed policies of the past. We hope, instead, that Secretary Clinton will work to support agreements to expand trade and other policies—including investments in education, training and infrastructure—that will help orient the American economy towards the future and bring trade’s undeniable benefits to more Americans.”
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