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.
Jamestown, 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.