United States Senator Deb Fischer takes a cautious approach to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
“As you know, that just came out. We are looking that over very carefully,” Fischer says in response to a question during her weekly conference call with Nebraska reporters. “I know there are many Nebraskans individually and many Nebraska organizations that are also looking over that treaty very carefully. I’m not going to jump one way or the other on it right now. I want to be sure we know what’s in it and what affect it will have on the people in Nebraska and our economy.”
Fischer acknowledges agriculture stands to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but says she wants to study the agreement and the impact it might have on the Nebraska economy.
“Ag, of course, is the economic engine of the economy in the state of Nebraska. That is very important to understand the affect that this treaty would have on all aspects of agriculture,” according to Fischer. “But, we also have to look more broadly on the affects it’s going to have, say, on intellectual property, how it’s going to affect patents.”
TPP is agreement among 12 counties, including the United States. It focuses on Pacific Rim countries, but also includes countries in North and South America.
The agreement is likely to come before Congress next year.