Gene Green Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON – Monday, the United States and 11 Asia-Pacific countries announced an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The agreement is now subject to Congressional approval. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response:
“Support for any trade agreement needs to be measured by how many good paying, middle class jobs it will bring the United States, including Houston and Harris County. Unfortunately, I do not believe this agreement on TPP will protect and expand middle class jobs in the 29th District. If anything, TPP will further erode our nation’s manufacturing base and lead to the kinds of job losses caused by NAFTA and our current trade agreement with China.
“We are especially concerned with the failure to address currency manipulation. This is an on-going problem and we should not be making free trade agreements with countries that continue to artificially lower their currency and harm America’s working families.”