Trade has been central to our resurgence, contributing nearly one-third of our economic growth in the recovery and supporting 11.7 million American export-related jobs in 2014 alone. As we observe this growth, we're also in a race to secure a trade deal with countries in the Asia Pacific — the fastest-growing markets in the world. These nations and others that would be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) received 62 percent of American exports in 2014. Watch on YouTube But as President Obama has made clear, he will not sign any agreement that fails to put American workers first. The TPP trade proposal gives us the greatest opportunity to level the playing field for American businesses and their employees, ensures the rights of workers around the world, protects endangered species and the environment, preserves a free and open Internet, and would hold our trading partners accountable. That's why editorial boards from across the country — and from cities that are home to our nation's largest ports — have expressed support for the TPP and authorizing President Obama to lead America forward on trade. Here is a small sample of the coverage that this effort has generated across the country: San Francisco, CA —  San Francisco Chronicle: “Congress Must Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership” “A number of unusual opponents, including Internet activists, have lined up against the partnership in recent months. But none of these narrow interests should be allowed to derail a critical trade deal with 12 nations and a chance to cement America’s economic standing in a fast-changing region….It would remove tariffs and other trade barriers with Japan, Canada and eight other countries….The idea is to allow the United States to guide the rules of global trade, especially with Asia, instead of China. The trade deal is expected to lift U.S. farmers and our country’s service sector, but it’s as much about giving the U.S. a say in global corporate governance as it is about pushing American interests abroad….We have the opportunity to cement relationships with crucial trading partners and to offer a bulwark against China in a fast-growing region. Congress needs to stop fiddling and pass the partnership now.” read more

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Roundup: Editorial Boards from Around the Country Call on America to Lead on Trade