here’s wyden’s response:
Dear Mr. darkmark: (had to make that change)
Thank you for contacting me about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, the Obama Administration is in the process of negotiating what might prove to be the most far-reaching economic agreement since the World Trade Organization was established nearly twenty years ago. The goal of TPP is to economically bind together the economies of the Asia Pacific. If successful, the agreement will set norms for the trade of goods and services and include disciplines related to intellectual property, access to medicines, Internet governance, investment, government procurement, worker rights and environmental standards. If agreed to, the TPP will set the tone for our nation’s international economic future for years to come, impacting the way Congress intervenes and acts on behalf of the American people it represents.
It is important to the economy of the Pacific Northwest, and especially Oregon, to open foreign markets up to our goods and services. Oregon exports, like computer chips, pears, and wine, are pillars of our economy and work to promote and sustain the jobs our communities need. But opening foreign markets to our exports, as TPP would do, must be done carefully so that these trade agreements don’t undermine values important to Oregon, like promoting environmental sustainability, worker rights, and unfettered access to the Internet.
I am concerned that the TPP negotiations are being conducted in a far too secretive fashion, and that the American public does not know what U.S. trade negotiators are seeking in TPP. The public is in the dark about whether TPP may impinge upon their rights or limit lawmakers’ ability to shape domestic laws to meet the needs and challenges of who they represent.
I have raised these concerns with the Obama administration and will continue to press for more transparency around the TPP negotiations. My belief is that by shining some daylight onto these important talks, we can be sure that a final negotiation will be good for the interests of Oregon.
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the issues that are important to you. If I may be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.