Washington, D.C. (July 14, 2016) – In letters sent to Congress today, companies and industry associations active in twenty states urged their respective congressional delegations to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this year. This group of 20 letters completes a robust national grassroots effort in which companies and business organizations operating in all 50 states signed onto one or more of these letters expressing support for approval of the TPP agreement this year. The Coalition represents companies of all sizes from diverse industries, including manufacturers, innovators, services providers, farmers and ranchers operating in the respective states.
Co-leads of the U.S. Coalition for TPP, the National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, U.S. Farm Bureau, and the Emergency Committee for American Trade, issued the following joint statement:
“Passing TPP is vital to jobs and growth in America and in all fifty states, as these letters demonstrate. As of today, all Members of Congress in both chambers have received a letter signed by companies and local business organizations with operations in their respective home states highlighting the clear benefits of trade and urging them to pass TPP this year. The TPP Coalition urges members to encourage and support the work between congress and the administration required for congressional approval of the TPP this year.”
The letters highlight the clear benefits of trade, and the importance of TPP, to each state’s economy while reminding lawmakers of the substantial headwinds American companies face in the global economy. The signatories note that the United States continues to fall behind as other countries negotiate trade agreements that put our businesses and workers at a competitive disadvantage. They urge Congress to pass TPP this year, as the agreement is “critical to the future growth of trade, jobs, prosperity and competitiveness of the United States.”
Click on the state to read each letter and view the signatories:
Twenty letters sent to Congress today:
Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming
Thirty letters sent to Congress in May and June:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The U.S. Coalition for TPP is a broad-based group of U.S. companies and associations representing the principal sectors of the U.S. economy including agriculture, manufacturing, services, information and communications technologies, merchandising, processing, publishing, retailing and transportation, that seeks passage and the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.