Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement after the Senate voted to move forward on consideration of Trade Promotion Authority.

"Today's vote clears the way for the Senate to give final approval on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and send it to President Obama for his signature. This legislation will give President Obama the authority to strike trade deals that will open up markets around the world to American goods and services, and it will help our country compete and win in the global economy.

"The American market is open and our competitors are here, but 95 percent of the world’s consumers are located outside of our borders. By negotiating fair trade deals that remove the barriers keeping our goods and services out of these markets, we can help boost the American economy, create American jobs, increase American wages and strengthen our national security.

"Tomorrow we'll have the opportunity to move forward on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). While I believe that increased trade will grow our economy, it'll also change it, and we know some hard-working Americans could lose their jobs. I'm a big believer in the golden rule – to treat people the way we want to be treated – and I believe we have an obligation to help these people find new ones. Republicans and Democrats have trusted one another to get this far in passing President Obama's trade agenda, and I'm confident we can maintain that trust to approve TAA and do what's right for the people of this country.

"Getting TPA and TAA across the finish line will be a victory for our country and I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make it happen."