Democratic Party Rejects Pro-TPP Platform Language

The Democratic Party has repeatedly rejected requests to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – and has done so again in the party platform adopted this week.

CWA and allies – Public Citizen, Citizens Trade Campaign, Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch and many others – stand together in our opposition to the TPP and welcome the Democratic Party's platform language that reinforces the failure of the TPP to meet the "high standard" approved this week.

Democratic presidential presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton criticized the TPP at a rally this week where Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed her. "We're going to say no to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices including the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Clinton said.

The Democratic Party strengthened language initially proposed by the platform drafting committee, clarifying a vision for international trade that puts working families ahead of corporate profits – the polar opposite of what the TPP represents.

The approved platform is a clear indication of just how much of a non-starter the TPP is within the Democratic Party and the country as a whole. The TPP's prospects of ever being enacted, already very slim, today got even slimmer. All of us will continue fighting together to ensure that the TPP has no future.