Stephen DeMaura

Just recently, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka criticized pending trade agreements with the EU and Asia in a speech at the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP), daring to claim that TPA “has failed to evolve with our complex and dynamic global economy.” In fact, the bipartisan TPA legislation currently before Congress aims to bring our trade policies into the 21stCentury and its Big Labor’s archaic protectionism that belongs to the past.

We cannot allow petty politics to sabotage a crucial geopolitical moment. We need to send an unequivocal message to Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchs that the United States and the European Union are more committed than ever to our transatlantic alliance. Fostering closer trade ties a clear path to doing just that, as well as stimulating our economy and creating new and better jobs along the way.

It’s time for Democrats in Congress to see beyond their next election and stand up to Big Labor bosses. Passing TPA means more American jobs, solidifying our position as the world’s trade leader and sends a very important message to the Russians, which are goals we can all get behind.

Stephen DeMaura

Stephen DeMaura is president of Americans for Job Security.