Editorial: Give Obama Fast-Track Authority In Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

The Seattle Times

In Washington, expanding trade means more goods coming in and out of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma and thousands of well-paying jobs. The value of Washington exports — ranging from apples and hops to airplanes and software — shot up 40 percent during the last four years to $90.6 billion in 2014.

TPP includes standards protecting the environment and labor, and covers areas as diverse as development, energy use, transparency, accountability and intellectual property. The deal provides incentives to other countries with looser regulations to raise their standards as “the price of admission” to the U.S. market, said Daniel Russel, assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the U.S. State Department, during a recent visit to Seattle.