Merkley Statement On Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement upon the finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP):

“The earlier draft of the TPP would have put American workers in direct competition with people earning a dollar per hour or even less overseas. Such an unbalanced trade agreement would be devastating for many workers, families and communities and put an inevitable downward pressure on incomes for ordinary Americans. Any trade deals we enter should make creating good jobs and improving the lives of working Americans the priority. I will be examining the TPP for substantial changes to see whether it meets that objective.”