WASHINGTON— Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after top trade officials from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on Friday announced significant progress on the historic trade agreement:
“PPI welcomes Friday’s announcement that the United States and its 11 negotiating partners have made significant progress on the substance of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
“Modern trade agreements like TPP have significant potential to boost inclusive growth here in America, while also setting high standards for a broad swath of the global economy in such key areas as open rulemaking, environmental protection, labor rights and digital commerce. But to achieve these results and other important benefits for the United States, it is critical that these agreements are done right.
“We appreciate the continuing efforts of U.S. negotiators, the Administration, and trade supporters in Congress in working towards the conclusion of an agreement that is the best possible deal for America. We look forward to reviewing a completed agreement. And we are particularly grateful to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisc.), and other pro-trade Democrats for their leadership in writing unprecedented new rules that will assure an extensive, informed and transparent debate on an eventual TPP deal.”