US union welcomes relook at trade deal

A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the US National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Congress for agreeing to forgo a last minute vote and reexamine the deeply flawed trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response:

“We’ve been hearing for months the discontent family farmers and ranchers and American workers have with TPP, and I’m pleased that their concerns have been heard. Sending TPP back to the drawing board is recognition that past trade agreement frameworks are not working for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers, rural communities, and consumers.

“This trade agreement would have done very little, if anything, to lessen the impact of our vast trade deficit, provide actionable oversight of unfair market practices such as currency manipulation, or protect American jobs. Congress can now focus on ensuring our trade negotiators promote fair and competitive trade that benefits U.S. family farmers and ranchers and manufacturers who rely on access to competitive markets around the world.

“We look forward to working with the new administration and the next Congress to promote fair trade solutions that work for American agriculture and the U.S. economy.”

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