Resolution on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

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WHEREAS, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam are growing export markets for American employers; and

WHEREAS, the huge and growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region already are key destinations for U.S. manufactured goods, agricultural products, and services suppliers; and

WHEREAS, America’s businesses alone exported $124.4 billion to the Asia-Pacific region in 2011 and the proposed TPP will ensure immediate duty free access for the vast majority of U.S. exports to these markets; and 

WHEREAS, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, promote innovation, economic growth and development, and support the creation and retention of jobs; and 

WHEREAS, TPP Countries, counted as a single market, represent the third largest market for U.S. exports; and 

WHEREAS, U.S. exports are currently growing at historic levels, accounting for roughly half of all U.S. economic growth in 2011, contributing to the recent resurgence in manufacturing employment, and providing vital economic activity in an otherwise troubled economic climate. 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments expresses its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges inclusion of all nations that meet the agreement guidelines as laid out and agreed to by the original TPP nations. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges Congress both to adopt the final agreement and to ensure that the market access provisions, labor standards, environmental protections, and intellectual property protections included in the agreements are fully implemented. 

Adopted this 20th Day of May, 2012, at CSG’s 2012 National Leadership Conference in La Quinta, California.