DeLauro, Peterson, other Dems call on administration to use certification for TPP compliance |

DeLauro, Peterson, other Dems call on administration to use certification for TPP compliance

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and 19 other House Democrats including House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday calling for the administration to use a formal certification process to ensure all prospective partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in compliance with the agreement before it goes into effect.

Such procedures have been used in previous multi-country trade agreements, including the Central America Free Trade Agreement, DeLauro said in a news release.

“Congress passed trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) premised on Congress’ understanding that the executive branch would meet the negotiating objectives laid out in the law,” the letter to Obama said.

“Given that some of the TPP parties are new free trade agreement partners for the U.S., we believe it is imperative that all of the TPP nations understand that the U.S. implementing legislation for the TPP will include the standard requirement that formal written notification to the other TPP countries of U.S. completion of its legal requirements to implement the TPP be withheld until and unless our trade partners are in compliance with all of the TPP’s terms.

“Thus, even if Congress were to pass implementing legislation for the TPP, it would not go into effect unless and until the other nations conform their laws, policies and practices to the U.S. understanding of the TPP requirements.”

The representatives specifically mentioned currency manipulation, human rights, transparency and anti-corruption, labor, the environment, and telecommunications as areas where the Administration must certify partner nations meet America’s expectations of partner countries’ obligations under the TPP.

–The Hagstrom Report