Congresswoman Adams Statement On Vote Against Fast-Track TPA
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) today released the following statement after her vote against the Trade Act of 2015, legislation to grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):
“Congress deserves to play a more integral role in any free trade agreement to ensure the best possible package for Americans. I voted against TPA because I have seen first-hand the devastation caused by previous free trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). More than 369,000 North Carolinian manufacturing jobs were lost because of NAFTA, severely impacting our communities and our local economy. In North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District alone, more than 13,000 jobs were lost and our communities are still recovering. Our unemployment rate is 13.8 percent which is more than double the national and state averages. We can’t afford to have jobs in North Carolina’s 12th District shipped away overseas.
“While I understand we must remain competitive in a 21st century global economy, my top priority is making sure North Carolinians have the jobs they need. I remain committed to supporting communities in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District and will continue to stand against large free trade agreements that could potentially strip jobs away from the areas that need them the most.”