After the Memorial Day recess, members of Congress returned to their districts this week, presenting an opportunity for the public to add their voices to the debate over national trade policy.
The Senate passed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on May 21, and it will now be sent to the House.
The trade deal includes the United States, Japan and other countries that account for approximately 40 percent of the global economy. The deal has been undergoing negotiations for more than five years.
The Trade Promotion Authority would open up even more overseas markets to U.S. companies, including TPP and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
The Charleston Port is one of the largest in the United States, so trade is a major force in South Carolina’s economy. More than 500,000 South Carolina jobs are dependent on trade. Every year, South Carolina-made goods exports add $31 billion to the state’s economy.
Unless the U.S. House acts soon on this major trade legislation, it will become harder to protect these middle-class trade industry jobs and will become more difficult for South Carolina small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers to sell their products overseas.
To call your ask State Representative to vote yes on TPA call 888-373-9401