Culberson Statement on Trade Promotion Authority
Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today released the following statement after voting for Trade Promotion Authority (TPP):
“I have always supported free trade, but I have been extra cautious about this trade agreement because Barack Obama is the most untrustworthy President in American history. The President has repeatedly shown he will ignore the law, public opinion, court orders, the Congress or anything else that gets in the way of his radical, left wing agenda.
“With this in mind, I decided to vote for the TPA bill because it contains so many safeguards that guarantee only Congress can change U.S. law. I read the text of the bill and the confidential text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Everything I read, both public and confidential, guarantee the supremacy of U.S. law and guarantee that only the U.S. Congress can change U.S. law. There are no changes to immigration law or climate change law in this bill.
“We will never surrender our sovereignty, nor will we surrender control of our immigration or other laws by agreeing to this very standard free trade agreement.
“This bill also has three extra veto mechanisms for Congress to stop President Obama, if needed. It requires massive consultation with Congress and full public disclosure of all future trade deal language far in advance of any vote in Congress.
“If the President ignores the will of the people, the bill gives the House and Senate strong tools to cut off his authority and vote down his trade deal.
“I have always been a supporter of free and fair trade. Texans will out-think, out-work and out-compete anyone, anywhere, anytime. When we remove barriers to American goods and open up foreign markets, Texas, and Houston in particular, flourish. The bill ensures that Houston will continue to grow and create new jobs, while ensuring President Obama and the next Administration have no choice but to follow the law and abide by the U.S. Constitution.”