employment discrimination, for example. In
July 2015, I sent a letter to the administration requesting they, “work with TPP partner
countries to identify specific commitments to
bring countries into compliance with the labor
chapter,” and to ensure countries have taken
concrete steps to implement the labor provisions of the agreement before they receive
access to the U.S. market. Ensuring that all
workers around the globe have the right to
unionize and bargain collectively, that child
labor is abolished, that employees are not discriminated against based on gender, religion,
or sexual orientation, and that conditions in
the workplace are safe are all fundamental
rights I will continue to fight for.
Marc Hennemann (R) - District 2
I would vote against the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade agreement as it is
currently constituted. There are too many
provisions in the agreement which could
harm Washington workers, Washington
businesses, or both. The key provision that
must be included in any international trade
agreement is one that protects the jobs and
the rights of Washington workers. While I
strongly support free trade among nations,
international trade agreements must be
written so they are beneficial to Washington
workers. International trade agreements that
send Washington jobs overseas are neither fair
trade nor free trade. I will not support any
trade agreement that expands foreign jobs
while causing Washington unemployment.
Rick Larsen (D) - District 2
I am still doing my homework, and therefore
unable to take a position on the TPP. Trade is
important to my district, so I need to weigh
the impact of this agreement carefully.
That said, the U.S. needs to strengthen
enforcement of our trade agreements. If
countries want to trade with us, they must
play by our rules or face consequences. That’s
why I championed a bill to create a Trade
Agreements Enforcement Trust Fund.
Jim Moeller (D) - District 3
I have campaigned against the TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP and I have made
it a major issue in my campaign against the
incumbent Republican Congresswoman
who supports TTIP. I oppose the legislation
because it excludes stakeholders from the process and it hurts labor and the environment.
If elected to Congress, I will vote against the
proposed TTIP agreement.
Joe Pakootas (D) - District 5
Under free trade, corporate profits have
soared, U.S. workers’ wages have lagged.
While corporations continue to gain
power, U.S. workers’ collective bargaining
rights and ability to organize have severely
diminished. U.S. labor losses, especially in
higher wage jobs, continue to hurt both
U.S. workers and the U.S. economy, but
ill-conceived free trade agreements have also
created havoc in foreign countries.
I would vote against the TransPacific
Partnership as it currently exists. The TPP
is a massive corporate power grab involving
the United States and 11 other countries
designed to transfer many of the abilities
and responsibilities of democratically elected
governments into the hands of corporations.
Under the TPP, American food labeling
unfortunately would be restricted while
imports would not have to meet US food
safety standards, corporations will be able
to sue governments, and our economy will
be forced to compete with economies with
considerably less labor or environmental
regulations. Unfortunately, much of the
details to the already detrimental TPP remains
inaccessible to be viewed by the general public,
even though it’s impact will affect America’s
workers the most.
I oppose the TPP Investor State Dispute
Settlement clause that would allow
corporations to file lawsuits against
governments if their policies damage expected
corporate profits. I believe we should be
investing in our schools and infrastructure
here at home, instead of making corporate
net profits the priority over preserving the
environment and protecting worker safety.
Economically, the TPP would force American
workers to compete with desperate low-wage
workers overseas thereby costing thousands of
Americans either their wages or jobs. It doesn’t
make sense for workers, the environment, or
the economy as a whole to allow the TPP to
Derek Kilmer (D) - District 6
My test on any trade agreement before
Congress is simple. It has to help us
export American products -- not our jobs.
Additionally, it has to have high, enforceable
standards that protect our environment and
our workers. Congressional Republicans are
demanding further changes before agreeing
to bring TPP up for a vote, so I want to see
the final details of those negotiations before
making a decision.
Against. I’ve been very outspoken about my
disapproval of the the TPP. Washington has
a long history with trade, and it’s absolutely
critical to our economy, but corporate
giveaways hidden in trade deals do nothing
to protect good paying jobs here at home. In
Congress, I’ll stand up to these backroom deals
and make sure labor and enviro groups have
a seat at the table to negotiate fair trade deals
that protect workers and our environment
here and abroad.
Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (D) - District 7
I do not support the TPP in its current form.
I’ve been outspoken on this position since day
one in this campaign. I organized a letter from
State legislators to our federal delegation in
partnership with the Washington Fair Trade
Coalition. As one of the most trade-dependent
regions in the world, we need trade agreements
that encourage job creation. However, the
TPP puts corporate interests ahead of human
rights and environmental protections. Trade
should not come at the expense of working
families, abroad or at home. We must ensure
governments are in control of environmental,
labor, and human rights regulations.
Adam Smith (D) - District 9
I opposed the Trade Promotion Authority for
the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2015. I am
also opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership
in its current form. I have serious concerns
that labor, environmental, and human rights
standards are lacking in the TPP as it currently stands.
I additionally have concerns about the Investor
State Dispute Settlement system, which would
allow corporations a private right of action,
but no similar private right of action for
labor, environmental, or human rights disputes. Moreover, I am concerned that currency
manipulation was not adequately addressed in
the TPP as it currently stands.