June 18, 2015


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today issued the following statement regarding her vote against H.R. 2146, the Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The House passed the legislation by a vote of 218-208

“I simply cannot support fast tracking the largest American trade deal ever and one that includes 40 percent of the world’s economy,” Edwards said. “It’s time to reset our nation’s international trade policy to ensure help for American workers and allows us to compete in the 21st Century.

“Today’s fast track vote allows for the advancement of Republican riders that are detrimental to Maryland families. This includes preventing action on climate change in trade agreements, weakening human trafficking laws, and ignoring currency manipulation. As I stated last week and still believe, it’s time to reset the trade debate with the full participation of Congress and robust support of American workers and small and medium businesses.”