11.05.15

Senator David Perdue Calls for Georgians’ Feedback on Proposed Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will begin reviewing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and is encouraging Georgians to join him in the public review process over the next few months.

Earlier this year, Senator Perdue pushed for strong oversight measures included in the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to increase transparency, establish clear guidelines, and require a 90-day public review period before Congress even considers it for a vote. The full text can be found here.

“Throughout this process transparency has been my top priority,” said Senator Perdue. “Trade is the lifeline of our economy and I will closely review all aspects of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership to fully understand the impact it could have on Georgia and the United States. Given Georgia’s unique mix of goods and services, it is imperative that I hear your perspective so we can make sure our state and country are competing on a level playing field.”

How trade impacts Georgia’s economy:

• Trade supports over 1.2 million Georgia jobs.
• Since 2002, Georgia’s goods exports have grown more than three times faster than state GDP.
• Georgia is the top exporter of peanuts and poultry, and ranks among the top five exporters of cotton, tree nuts, vegetables and melons, and tobacco.
• Trade-related employment grew 5 times faster than total state employment from 2004 to 2011.
Source: Business Roundtable.

Source: Business Roundtable