May 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement today after voting against a procedural motion to advance legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority to the President:
“Mainers know all-too-well the difficulty and hardship of competing on a playing field that’s tilted against them and have felt all-too-personally the sting of job losses resulting from lop-sided trade agreements,” Senator King said. “Giving the President the authority to fast-track an agreement before Congress has even had the opportunity to review and understand what’s in it would effectively stifle the voices of those who it will impact the most, and that’s not fair. The stakes are just too high for Mainers who deserve to know that we have their back in this fight.”
Senator King today voted against advancing legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority to the President, a move also known as fast-tracking, which would allow his Administration to complete a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without the approval of Congress.