Members of Congress are looking over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, including those from Nebraska.
Third District Republican Adrian Smith says several different groups, including pharmaceutical companies, are asking him to take a closer look at certain provisions.
“This is a big deal and because it is very large, we need to vet it appropriately,” Smith tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I’m pro-trade, but that doesn’t mean I just accept any deal that’s plopped down on the table. So, it’s our job now to really comb through it, comb through those details, and talk to stakeholders.”
Pork producers are another group asking Smith to look carefully at the TPP trade deal. He says their concern has to do with what Japan is doing that would take away benefits of the agreement.
“Obviously, ag producers across America generally like trade and I want to engage with them,” Smith says. “So, we’ve got some things to work through. I’d be surprised if it moves very quickly, but we need to look at trade in the bigger picture as a way to create jobs at home.”
President Obama signed the trade deal earlier this month, but U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says, right now, there is not enough support in Congress to approve the deal.