Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) restated the need for transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a speech on the House floor today. TPP Trade Ministers from the 12 participating nations begin private meetings in Kāʻanapali, Maui today, where they are expected to conclude negotiations on the deal. Protesters will gather at the Westin Hotel on Maui tomorrow at 12:00pm HST to voice objections on the secrecy of this deal, and the potential impacts it will have.
Full text of the speech is below
“This week, Trade Ministers from 12 TPP countries are gathering on Maui in my district, in what is expected to be the final negotiations of a massive trade agreement impacting 40 percent of the world economy.
Not only were the American people shut out of this trade deal when Congress passed fast-track authority legislation, these negotiations continue as we speak in a shroud of secrecy, with the American people reliant on sites like WikiLeaks as they seek information about how this agreement will impact us.
The people of Hawaiʻi and all Americans are rightfully concerned about how this trade deal will impact our jobs, our families, our economy, our environment, and our nation’s sovereignty. We, The American people, deserve to know what’s in this deal, and to have a say in what happens. How can a genuine public debate occur on a deal as monumental as this, when no one knows what’s in it? It is hard to imagine a deal more demanding of transparency.
People from Hawaiʻi and around the world are gathering tomorrow on Maui to protest this secret deal. They are sick and tired of multinational corporations benefiting on the broken backs of working-class Americans, and they will not stop until their voices are heard.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, has repeatedly called for transparency in TPP negotiations, and voted against granting the Administration “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority earlier this year. While Congress passed TPA, she has called for increased protections for domestic workers displaced by trade, including Trade Adjustment Assistance.