05.22.15

Senator Perdue Supports Strong Oversight of Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today voted for the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act:

“Free trade plays an important role in Georgia’s economy, supporting over one million jobs. Increasing trade will help open opportunities to expand Georgia grown products into new markets.

“I supported Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with strong transparency measures to make sure Congress and the American people have direct oversight of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and any other trade deals being negotiated by President Obama. 

“This trade tool adds more transparency and accountability than ever before. It guarantees that Congress has all the information needed to make an informed up-or-down vote on any trade agreement with strong oversight measures. 

“At least sixty days before President Obama can sign any trade agreement, he must publish the full text so that the public can see it. This ensures an unprecedented level of transparency for the American people and gives Georgians a chance to review any trade agreement directly.

“Further, if President Obama does not follow the strict procedures put in place, Congress can completely strip his negotiating authority. Ultimately, TPA keeps Congress in control of all trade deals and holds the Obama Administration accountable every step of the way.”