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Kristi Noem: Congress Will Put Its Mark on Asia Trade Pact

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

Congress will have input in the long-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the administration of President Barack Obama is negotiating with 11 nations in the Asia-Pacific region, Rep. Kristi Noem told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Trade has surfaced as an issue where Republicans and Democrats could find bipartisan agreement in their search for common ground on legislation in the GOP-controlled Congress.

Supporters of the TPP say it would open new markets for American goods, while detractors fear the plan could cost jobs in the U.S.

"As soon as the administration completes their negotiations, this agreement comes back to us for an up or down vote. So, Congress has a lot of say in what the final agreement looks like," Noem, a South Dakota Republican, said Thursday.

Obama asked for trade promotion authority in his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening "to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren't just free, but fair," angering some Democratic lawmakers and labor unions.

The population growth in Asian countries had opened up opportunities for American companies to "be a part of supplying their needs," Noem said.

"Their food, their supplies, their technology. We have some great opportunities in front of us with this agreement," she said.

Obama also asked lawmakers on Tuesday to "pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan," which he said would create jobs and "make this country stronger."

Noem said bipartisan agreement could be found to pass a "longer-term plan" to repair transportation projects, but stressed Congress would need to find solutions on "funding issues" to pay for them.

"We need to fund it, so that we can plan these big projects that need to be completed here in our country," she said. "We recognize it's one of the major responsibilities of the federal government to keep that infrastructure in place, so that we can have commerce happen across our country."

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Congress will have input in the long-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership the administration of President Barack Obama is negotiating with 11 nations in the Asia-Pacific region, Rep. Kristi Noem told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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