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Palmer Asks U.S. Trade Representative For TPP Transparency

June 11, 2015
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Gary Palmer sent a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, asking for greater access to the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), specifically, that he be emailed a copy for further review.

“I had the opportunity to review TPP, but only someone with a photographic memory could recall all that is necessary to make a decision on whether to support over 500 pages of legislative text,” stated Palmer in the letter.  Palmer later noted that the security language written on the actual document indicated it could be faxed or emailed in an unclassified manner. “That the document can be transmitted through unsecure means appears to indicate that the material is not really classified.”

“I sent this letter to the US Trade Representative because I believe greater transparency is needed,” said Palmer.  “Congress should have complete access to the details of any agreement that Congress will eventually be asked to vote on.”

Congressman Palmer was able to spend some time reviewing the draft agreement earlier this week in a closed, secure room.  No notes are permitted to be taken outside of the room, nor are members allowed to take a copy for further review.

For any additional questions, contact:

Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921, clifford.smith@mail.house.gov

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Space, Science and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.