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Amata applauds Trump Plan to withdraw from Trans Pacific Partnership

Source: Media release, office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, in a response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday last week, regarding his plan to withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congresswoman Amata released the following statement in support of the President’s proposal.

“The TPP was bad news for American Samoa from the start, and I could not be more pleased to see that the President-Elect intends on withdrawing from the agreement. Almost more than any other industry, the TPP negatively affected the fishing industry in the United States and American Samoa.

“That is why I have been addressing the negative impacts that TPP would have, as part of several thrusts I have underway in Washington to stabilize and strengthen the fishing industry in American Samoa.

“The TPP would have opened the floodgates for illegal and unregulated seafood from nations who pay their workers a fraction of what we pay ours. It would have also had negative environmental repercussions by allowing these nations who have been recently accused of using slave labor on their boats, and who fish without the environmental regulations followed by our fishermen, to fish unchecked while our fisherman, who are responsible stewards of our natural resources sat at the dock… that would have been unacceptable.

“I want to thank the President-Elect for his foresight and understanding of this issue, and for his plan to withdraw from this deal that has been a shadow over U.S. interests since its inception. I look forward to working with the incoming administration to bring jobs and opportunities to the people of the U.S. and more specifically American Samoa the U.S. territories,” she concluded.