John Plumb on TPP

Reed’s Past Support for Unfair Trade Deal Troubling for the Southern Tier’s Businesses and Working Families

The following is a Press Release from John Plumb, candidate for Congress to represent the NY 23rd Congressional District. This Blog has  had many articles about TPP.  Here is a link to a listing of them for you to review.

Plumb4Congress_1Jamestown, NY – Today, New York’s 23rd Congressional District Candidate and fourth-generation Western New Yorker Naval Reserve Commander John Plumb released the following statement following news that negotiators reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal:

“This past weekend, negotiators reached a secret agreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal whose details have still largely been kept from the American public.

“Based on the little we do know about the TPP, I have grave concerns that the deal creates an unequal playing field that would harm working families and have a devastating effect on our communities.

“I am working hard to protect and grow jobs, but this deal undercuts those efforts by failing to enforce critical worker and environment standards, consumer protections and intellectual property rights, and it does little to address currency manipulation conducted by Asian countries that undercut the ability for American businesses to compete.

“In the past, trade deals like the TPP have led to jobs in the Southern Tier being shipped out of the country and a race to the bottom when it comes to wages.

“That’s why Congressman Reed’s past support for this trade deal is particularly troubling. Working families in Western New York, the Southern Tier and the Fingers Lakes region deserve better – but they can’t trust Reed to stand up for our communities and economy in Congress.”

After serving as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, John continued a career focused on addressing some of our nation’s pressing national security challenges including serving as Principal Director of Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy at the Pentagon and most recently as Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council. He has continued to serve in the Navy Reserve, currently holding the rank of Commander.

In Congress, John will bring a fresh approach, combining his independent problem-solving mentality and the same fierce devotion to duty that has characterized his entire life.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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5 Responses to John Plumb on TPP

  1. whungerford says:

    Sadly, John Plumb’s remarks on TPP given above have much in common with Tom Reed’s. Both candidates cite stale, one-sided arguments for or against TPP without noting that the matter is complex. Plumb complains that TPP was negotiated in secret as if there were no reason for secrecy and fails to note that the details will soon be made public. When Tom Reed panned the Iran agreement, he was criticized for not acknowledging reasons that others might favor agreement; here John Plumb does much the same.


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    I share John Plumb’s grave concerns about the TPP. So unlike Tom Reed’s words, I find Plumb’s opinion reassuring – if only because it aligns with what many whom have read the TTP have expressed.

    Rep. Reed has had plenty of time to get information about the trade deal. Reed certainly knows it’s got serious flaws that will adversely effect the environment, consumer protections and intellectual property rights, but what does Reed care? Two opposite minded people can use similar words – it’s about what has been said and then done, that makes the all difference. We may not know a great deal about John Plumb’s assurances yet, but most of us do know Tom Reed as an opportunistic liar. In video:


  3. fhb23 says:

    Sadly Plumb looks like more DC doubletalk. Will be watching closely when Reed has to vote on TPP.


  4. whungerford says:

    Although Tom Reed normally favors trade deals–remember his “make it here” mantra–he may vote against TPP if his AYE isn’t needed. He then has it both ways: voted to fast track TPP making the treaty likely to be ratified and casting a meaningless vote against it.


  5. pystew says:

    Good point, William.


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