Senator Perdue: Trade Must Be Transparent and Accountable to the American People

Sen. David Perdue

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement on Senate passage of Trade Promotional Authority (TPA):

“Free trade creates opportunities for Georgians and supports more than a million jobs in my home state. That’s why I supported Trade Promotional Authority (TPA), which gives Congress more oversight than ever before in any trade deals negotiated by the President.

“TPA holds President Obama completely accountable to transparency and oversight measures instituted by Congress. That way, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or any other trade deal, must undergo the scrutiny of Congress and be made open to the American people before they can take effect. While TPP negotiations are ongoing, when there is a final agreement, it must be made public for a full 60 days before Congress even votes on it.

“If ever there is even a hint that President Obama does not play by the strict rules outlined by TPA, either the Senate or the House can immediately revoke his trade authority. I will continue to fight for Georgians so that their products and their ideas can reach new markets around the world.”