June 25, 2015


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today issued the following statement regarding her vote for H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015.  The legislation passed the House by a vote of 286-138.

“Leading up to and including the vote on Fast Track authority, I joined with many of my House Democratic colleagues in expressing my concern over the impact trade agreements negotiated in secret could have on Maryland’s hard-working families,” Edwards said. “The procedural maneuvering to grant Fast Track authority is extraordinary. Today’s package of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) with the extension of the trade preferences in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is another indication of the desperate measures Congressional Republicans used to ensure enactment of their flawed trade deal. 

“The Senate’s final passage of Trade Promotion Authority yesterday ends one part of our fight on behalf of working families. The TAA that passed today is underfunded, does not include public-sector workers, and is a drop in the bucket in consideration of prospective trade agreements encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy.

“Given the results, it is incumbent on the Administration to keep their promise to American workers to negotiate a final Trans Pacific Partnership that creates a level playing field in the global economy. We must now trust the executive to protect workers, our food safety, our environment, and preserve our Buy American protections.”


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