Pocan to U.S. Trade Rep. Froman: Does the TPP include Climate Change Language or Not?
Washington, D.C - Yesterday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) made public a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in which Ambassador Froman eased Republicans’ concerns that efforts to combat global climate change would not be included in the TPP. This runs counter to previous statements made by the USTR to Congressional Democrats and environmental groups. Rep. Pocan is calling on USTR Froman to clarify whether the agreement includes provision requiring certain standards.
Concerns regarding Rep. Sensenbrenner’s letter coincide with the passage of an amendment offered by Reps. Paul Ryan (WI-01) and Sensenbrenner. The amendment ensures trade agreements do not require changes to U.S. law or obligate the U.S. with respect to climate change.
“With critical votes before the House, members and the public need to know which is it – will the U.S. engage in trade agreements that address international climate change or not? You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth for this long and expect to not confuse everyone,” said Rep. Mark Pocan. “If climate change will not even be mentioned in the TPP trade deal, I urge Trade Rep. Froman to come out and say so. Hiding behind the secrecy of the TPP while we are debating to give the Administration ‘fast track’ authority on this deal is wrong.”
Rep. Pocan will send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking for clarification about whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will promote international climate change standards.