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Former Agriculture Secretaries Urge TPP Passage

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of seven former secretaries of agriculture sent a letter to Congress urging support for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific region countries that would cover approximately 40 percent of the global economy. The letter argues that past trade deals similar to TPP expanded U.S. markets, boosted farm incomes and created new jobs, both on-farm and off-farm. The secretaries state the agreement will set a high bar for future trade in the region, even with countries that have not yet formerly joined the partnership. The secretaries also said the agreement's labor and environmental provisions would help make U.S. exports more competitive with those from developing countries. The letter was signed by Ed Schafer, Mike Johanns and Ann Veneman, who served under George W. Bush; Dan Glickman and Mike Espy, who served under Bill Clinton; Clayton Yeutter, who served under George H.W. Bush; and John Block, who served under Ronald Reagan.

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