Clark votes against fast track authority

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congresswoman Katherine Clark released the following statement regarding her vote against fast track authority, also known as trade promotion authority (TPA), that establishes an expedited process for the approval of trade deals negotiated by the President. 

“I want any international trade agreement to defend our standards for workers’ rights to safety and fair wages, strengthen environmental protections, and protect jobs. These issues within the Trans-Pacific Partnership need debate and resolution, and granting fast track authority effectively ties Congress’ hands in the negotiating process. The choice isn’t whether or not to have trade, the choice is whether or not to fight for our values in this trade agreement.”