Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bicameral Group of Members Raises Alarm on Japan’s Possible Interest in Joining TPP Negotiations

(WASHINGTON) – Today, dozens of House members and Senators are sending a letter to President Obama later today raising the alarm about Japan’s possible interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations between the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and several Pacific Rim countries. The letter, still circulating for signatures, will go to President Obama later this afternoon. Current signatories are below. After signing the letter, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.
“With the auto industry just now regaining its fiscal footing and profitability, it’s a very serious development that USTR is considering opening the domestic auto  industry up to unfair competition from one of the most restrictive markets for automobiles in the world,” said Conyers.

“It is incumbent that USTR carefully scrutinize Japan’s potential entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  American auto workers and manufacturers can’t afford another free trade deal that adds to our country’s $76 billion annual trade deficit with Japan.”

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