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Newhouse, Reichert, McMorris-Rodgers: Seattle City Council positioning itself against better future for Washington State

March 31, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Members of Congress Dan Newhouse (WA-4), Dave Reichert (WA-8), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) issued the following statement regarding the Seattle City Council vote to adopt a resolution expressing disapproval for trade promotion authority and concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations:

“It is disheartening that today the Seattle City Council adopted a resolution opposing trade promotion authority and conveying concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Trade promotion authority is the tool by which Congress sets the standards for the Administration to negotiate the best possible trade agreements, so that our farmers, manufacturers, and hard working families have access to markets around the world and can successfully sell our American-made goods. As one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation, the negotiation of high-standard, comprehensive trade agreements – like TPP – is critical to Washington state’s growth and economic success. By setting themselves against trade promotion authority, the Seattle City Council is positioning itself against a better future for families and communities across our state.”