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workforce strategies relevant to the needs
shores to more trade stems from a simple
fact: while our economy continues to grow, of employers. Our government is making
college more affordable, job training
the gains are not felt evenly or immediately.
available, funding for workforce develWhile we add jobs, inequality is expanding,
opment more sensible, and improving
and wages are not growing fast enough.
efforts to connect workers who have been
Many are quick to blame this on trade.
displaced by economic change to the
But underlying some of this pain are
workforce system and into good jobs.
three technology-driven forces that are
charging ahead whether we accept them
or whether we fight them: globalization,
What are the benefits to U.S.
automation, and digitization. These forces
companies of the TPP?
are disrupting our communities, our
A recent U.S. International Trade
workers and our businesses. Many underCommission report found that TPP
standably are feeling left behind.
will increase exports of the world-class,
In a world where the very nature of
Made-in-America products and services
work is changing every day, blocking a
offered by American companies, and
trade agreement or exiting a free trade
improve our nation's GDP.
area creates a false
TPP will expand
sense of control
access to the more than
and will ultimately
500 million consumers
hurt our prosperity
that reside in some
We craft the
and undermine our
policies needed to of the world's fastestcompetitiveness. We
both keep America growing markets and
cannot turn our back
a level playing
open for business provide
on trade or new trade
field for U.S. businesses
and to ensure
pacts. In fact, these
and workers to contend
that the world is
are arguments for
with their global
negotiating better
open to America's competitors.
trade agreements on
The Department of
the front end and supCommerce continues to
porting our workers
provide data that dembetter on the back end.
onstrates the potential
That is precisely what we have done
impact TPP can have on individual states
with the Trans-Pacific Partnership: negoand industry sectors as well. We remain
tiated a higher standard agreement that
committed to being a long-term partner
strengthens our competitive advantage in
for U.S. businesses of all sizes to help
a world where competition is growing.
them seize the economic opportunity as
Of course, having the agreement enter
TPP is passed and implemented.
into force cannot be the end of the story.
Since 2009, U.S. goods exports to
We have a responsibility to our workers
TPP countries have increased by 49
and our communities that continues long
percent, while services exports to these
after we sign on the dotted line. We must
markets have expanded 34 percent (five
complete a modern compact to address
known markets for 2015). TPP markets
these dislocations.
accounted for 45 percent of U.S. goods
The Obama Administration has
exports in 2015, and 43 percent of all
taken a number of steps to support the
U.S. jobs supported by goods exports in
American workforce by investing bil2014 can be attributed to these countries.
lions of dollars in the next generation of
TPP eliminates more than 18,000
job training that is employer-driven to
tariffs on Made-in-America goods
prepare workers for 21st century jobs. As
around the world - up to 59 percent
a complement to these federal efforts, the
for American autos, or 40 percent for
Administration has partnered with private American poultry. Compare those figures
sector employers, technology innovators
to our own economy, where the average
and educators to develop job-driven
applied tariff is less than 1.4 percent.
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By eliminating tariffs, TPP will lead
to more sales of American-made autos,
airplanes, agricultural goods, movies,
software and services to an Asian market
that is expected to reach 3.2 billion
people by 2030.
TPP is especially critical for small and
medium enterprises looking to compete
in today's global economy. SMEs are a
powerful force behind U.S. exports and
a powerful engine for job growth. From
2009 to 2014, SME exports grew by 56
percent - a rate four percentage points
higher than large company exports. But
high tariffs too often hold back businesses
from exporting our goods and services to
customers who want them.
A report by the Peterson Institute for
International Economics shows that, if
TPP is delayed by one year, the U.S. will
see an estimated one-time national loss of
$94 billion translating to a loss of $700
for every U.S. household.

How can CTA members help
get this agreement passed
by Congress?
The best argument in favor of trade
comes from CTA members, business
leaders and job creators who understand
the real value of trade and exports. Your
members understand that trade creates
good paying American jobs.
If we are going to see TPP become law,
we need your members as our partners,
making the case for trade in your communities, in your states and nationwide.
I urge you today to make your voices
heard. Reach out to your employees, your
friends, your family and your neighbors.
Tell them about how TPP will create more
jobs for your workers, more customers
for your companies and clients, and more
growth for our economy.
Businesses play a vital role in moving
our economy from recession to recovery to
expansion. The TPP is an opportunity to
continue that progress and to ensure that
companies can grow and thrive. Working
together, I am confident we can ensure our
country and our businesses remain on the
leading edge of competiveness. Together,
we can keep America open for business. n



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