Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate Finance Committee

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch re TPP talks in Atlanta

“No one – at least no one from our side of the negotiations – should be in a hurry to close talks if it means getting a less-than-optimal result for our country.  Ultimately, I don’t believe anyone in the administration wants to reach an agreement that will not pass in Congress.”

Mr. President, I’m as big a proponent of expanding U.S. trade as you’ll find in this chamber.  And, in concept, I very much support the idea of a Trans-Pacific Partnership.  While I worked very hard for a number of years to get a TPA bill through Congress, I have made it abundantly clear that I will not support just any deal, whether it is this or any other future administration that wants to sign it.

No one – at least no one from our side of the negotiations – should be in a hurry to close talks if it means getting a less-than-optimal result for our country.  Ultimately, I don’t believe anyone in the administration wants to reach an agreement that will not pass in Congress.

I think our negotiators understand these concerns.  My hope is that, as they move through the latest round of talks in Atlanta this week, they consider what it will take to get a deal through Congress.  If you look at the bipartisan coalition that supported our TPA bill, you should get a pretty good sense of the balance it will take to get enough support here in the Senate and over in the House.

Read the full speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate …

Hatch: Asia-Pacific Trade Deal Must Meet Requirements of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority, Sep 29, 2015

 

 

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