Statement of Progressive Coalition for American Jobs Senior Advisor Mitch Stewart

WASHINGTON — Progressive Coalition for American Jobs (PCAJ) Senior Advisor Mitch Stewart released the following statement today after President Obama urged Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as part of his final State of the Union address:

"In President Obama's seven years in office, he has shown time and again his dedication to furthering the middle class — from reforming Wall Street, fighting for equal pay, to passing the historic Affordable Care Act," said PCAJ Senior Advisor Mitch Stewart. "The President again demonstrated his commitment to those values by asking Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP, the most progressive trade pact in history, is the latest plank in an already impressive legacy, expanding opportunities for Americans here at home by slashing thousands of barriers to trade with the fastest growing region of the world. Congress should move swiftly to approve this agreement and guarantee a level playing field for working families."

The President highlighted the TPP during the State of the Union as an example of the tremendous progress America has made in global relations under his leadership and called for Congress to support this groundbreaking trade deal:

"That’s how we forged a Trans-Pacific Partnership to open markets, protect workers and the environment, and advance American leadership in Asia. It cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America, and supports more good jobs. With TPP, China doesn’t set the rules in that region, we do. You want to show our strength in this century? Approve this agreement. Give us the tools to enforce it.”

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The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs brings together progressives and Democrats committed to leveling the playing field for American workers and building a stronger economy for all of us.

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