Senators Udall and Heinrich Vote Against TPA

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, voted against Trade Promotion Authority, which would give the administration fast-track authority for six years to move trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 62-37.

Senator Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after voting against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) today:

“This legislation gives the administration the ability to speed up trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated, without adequate congressional oversight. Trade deals between nations have a direct impact on New Mexico families — affecting wages, and protections for labor, safety, environment and health for which workers have fought over decades. I voted no because I cannot support giving up my ability to represent New Mexicans’ interests in wide-ranging trade deals that will change the playing field on everything from worker safety to privacy to the open Internet.”

“This legislation gives the administration the ability to speed up trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated, without adequate congressional oversight. Trade deals between nations have a direct impact on New Mexico families — affecting wages, and protections for labor, safety, environment and health for which workers have fought over decades. I voted no because I cannot support giving up my ability to represent New Mexicans’ interests in wide-ranging trade deals that will change the playing field on everything from worker safety to privacy to the open Internet.”

Senator Heinrich released the following statement after voting against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) today:

“Trade Promotion Authority is really just rebranded ‘fast-track’ legislation designed to allow trade deals to be pushed through without proper congressional oversight or scrutiny.

“TPA makes it difficult to ensure our competitors cannot manipulate their currency value to the detriment of American workers and small businesses, or to guarantee basic workplace protections like fair labor practices, safe work environments, and clean water for American workers.

“Like many hard-working New Mexicans, I strongly oppose TPA. You can count on the fact that I won’t give up the right to fight for American workers.”