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Jun 12, 2015
Press Release
As votes on trade deals come to a head, Higgins stands firmly for U.S. workers

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):

“Deals like the TPP hurt American workers, plain and simple,” said Rep. Higgins. “American companies and workers can compete with anyone on earth so long as there is a level playing field. We must put the needs of our workers first and oppose bad trade deals that would outsource American jobs and force U.S. businesses to close. Hard-working Americans deserve a transparent, fair negotiating process that puts their needs front and center.”

In April 2015, Congressman Higgins stood with Western New York workers and labor leaders against the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in front of Buffalo’s Trico Building, a symbol of the effects of bad trade deals on Western New York. The Trico plant was home to the first manufacturer of windshield wipers and the largest employer in the City from the 1930s until 1998 when manufacturing operations moved to Mexico and the doors to the Buffalo plant closed.