U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Washington, August 13, 2015 | comments
The United States recently finished negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade pact among 12 different nations: the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan. America's economy depends on the ability to sell products and market services throughout the world, but a trade deal can only be a success if it creates jobs for Americans, eliminates tariffs that drive up prices for American families, and strengthens workers’ rights and environmental protections.

Congressman Polis has written to President Obama, the U.S. Trade Representative, and congressional leaders several times to ensure that his constituents' concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are being addressed. The full text of the TPP is available here, and Congressman Polis is eager for your feedback on it.

Actions Congressman Polis has taken

 Preserving the Environment, Protecting Wildlife, and Promoting Public Health
  • On July 29th, Jared joined 18 of his colleagues on a letter to Ambassador Froman calling for strong, enforceable environmental protections that are based on May 10th Agreement standards and that address issues like global climate change, overfishing, and the illegal trade in wildlife.
  • On July 27th, Jared joined 17 of his colleagues in calling on the Obama administration to ensure strong enforcement of trade provisions related to forest health and preservation
Creating Jobs and Upholding Workers' Rights
  • On July 24th, Jared along with 17 of his colleagues sent a letter to Ambassador Froman outlining ten specific items the TPP must include to ensure that partner nations not only make a commitment to upholding fair labor standards but actually uphold and enforce them.
Growing the Digital Economy
  • On July 29th, Jared wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to ensure that the TPP promotes digital innovation by incorporating balanced intellectual property provisions.
  • On July 24th, Jared, Rep. Suzan DelBene, and Rep. Gerald Connolly highlighted the need to ensure that the TPP promotes the free flow of data across national borders in order to promote free expression and economic growth.
Stopping Human Rights Abuses
  • On July 17th, Jared was one of 150 members of Congress to send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing that our ongoing trade negotiations with Malaysia should do nothing to prevent the United States from cracking down on human rights violations occurring there.
Ensuring Transparency and Accountability
  • In December 2013, Jared joined with Rep. Thomas Massie to encourage the Obama administration to call for greater transparency in TPP negotiations.

In addition, Congressman Polis has held dozens of roundtables and one-on-one meetings with constituents, businesses, labor groups, and environmental experts from the Second Congressional District to listen to their ideas and concerns about the Administration's trade agenda and relayed their thoughts directly to the President, Ambassador Froman, and his colleagues in Congress.

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Questions about Trade

If you have any questions relating to trade policy and the actions Jared is taking to protect the needs of Coloradans, please don't hesitate to send Jared an email.

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