FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(JUN. 12, 2015)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
WASHINGTON STATE (JUN. 12, 2015) – Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright was pleased with the U.S. House of Representatives voting down Trade Promotion Authority (TPA); also known as fast track authority. The current administration has been looking for the ability to negotiate trade deals with limited input from Congress and that is what TPA would allow Wright noted. TPA gives the administration the ability to create a trade agreement with Congress only having the power to vote for or against the agreement with no amendments.
“Our system is great because we have these checks and balances in place and for Congress to forgo those would be and has proven to be detrimental to family farmers and ranchers in past trade agreements,” Wright pointed out.
The U.S. had a trade deficit of over $500 billion last year and is a country that has utilized a number of the ‘free trade’ agreements over the years. Trade in any sector is often analyzed based on each individual’s needs with the need for jobs and wages at the forefront of many priority lists.
Wright added, “Trade is a great thing and allows the U.S. to be a strong player, but each agreement needs to be evaluated as to what its’ affects may be on the American family farmers and ranchers; who also happen to be our many workers and consumers.”
Northwest Farmers Union is advocating for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation.