11.05.15

Daines Calls for Montanans’ Feedback on Trans Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today posted the complete text of the newly released Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is encouraging Montanans to read the trade agreement and provide him with feedback.

The bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation passed earlier this year was an important first step in establishing clear guidelines that enforce transparency, maintain Congress’ important role in the process and ensure Montanans’ voices are heard in all trade negotiations.

The full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership is available here. The text will be available for several months before Congress considers it for a vote. 

“I’m pleased that the Trans Pacific Partnership will be considered in a transparent process and will be available to the public in its entirety for several months before Congress votes on it,” Daines stated. “I will closely scrutinize the TPP and work with Montanans to understand the impact the finalized agreement will have on Montana and the country as a whole.  I will continue to fight to ensure that any final trade agreement works for Montana and I will not support any agreement that does not benefit the farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, small businesses and hard working families across our state.”

Daines encourages all Montanans to read the trade agreement and share their thoughts and concerns by calling his Washington, D.C. or Montana offices or by sending him an email here: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve 

International trade holds an important role in Montana’s economy:

  • 80 percent of Montana’s wheat is exported annually
  • In Montana, more than $900 million in bulk wheat and $130 million in beef is exported every year
  • Trade policies helps save the average Montana family of four more than $10,000 per year
  •  International trade supports 1 in 5 Montana jobs
  • Trade-related employment grew 2.7 times faster than total state employment from 2004 to 2013
  • Customers in 176 countries and territories buy Montana-made goods and services

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