America has always embraced its role as a global leader — tackling the big problems facing our nation and the world and meeting our challenges head on. But the past several decades have witnessed the steady decline of our share of the global marketplace. And unless we take action, American workers will only fall further and further behind.
That’s why it's critical for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a groundbreaking trade agreement that will help level the playing field for our workers, protect the environment, and ensure we can compete in the global economy. This tough new trade deal will:
Ensure fair rules on wages, workplace safety, and the environment for imported goods.
Establish strong and enforceable rules of engagement that protect American jobs and workers.
Support high-quality, higher-paying jobs here at home by exporting American-made goods and services.
Enacting the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a critical part of continuing to grow and strengthen the American economy. A bipartisan majority in Congress passed trade promotion authority, the negotiations are complete, and now Congress prepares to vote whether to approve the most progressive trade agreement in history.
- JANUARY 2015 President discusses importance of trade at SOTU
- APRIL 2015 Congress introduces TPA (The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015)
- JUNE 2015 Congress passes and President signs TPA
- AUGUST 2015 Negotiations conclude, details of trade agreement released to public
- NOVEMBER 2015 President signs TPP, awaits congressional approval TBD Congress approves TPP