Senator David Perdue Pushes for Increased Transparency in Trade Negotiations

Trade Supports 1.2 Million Jobs in Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement on increased transparency measures in the trade negotiation process:

“Free trade is an important tool for growing the economy and creating jobs. In my home state of Georgia, trade supports over one million jobs. Previous free trade agreements have helped promote Georgia products around the world, and future free trade agreements could help increase our exports to new global markets.

“I support Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with strong transparency measures that give both Congress and the American people direct oversight of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals being negotiated by President Obama. This tool is critical to making sure these trade negotiations are open and transparent to the public. 

“For the first time, TPA will require any trade agreement to be made available to the public at least 60 days before the President signs it, and before Congress even considers a vote. If a proposed trade agreement does not meet the strict standards put in place by TPA, Congress can then revoke President Obama’s negotiating authority. Further, the only way to change U.S. trade law is through Congressional action. 

“We must demand greater transparency from Washington so we get the best trade agreement possible and a better outcome for Georgia’s workers. Overall, I believe TPA will increase transparency by making sure Congress has complete oversight authority and the American people have the final say.”