Here in Oregon, nearly 500,000 jobs rely on trade directly or indirectly. As you may know, OBA honored four members of the Oregon congressional delegation this year with the Lynn Lundquist Leadership Award for their bipartisan efforts around trade and their dedication to ensuring that our trade-dependent state is part of the discussion.
“Over 6,000 Oregon businesses sell goods overseas and nearly 90% of these are small and medium sized businesses,” said OBA President Ryan Deckert. “Our congressional leaders who support trade ask the tough questions, look at the data, and are working hard on behalf of Oregon companies big and small, rural and urban, who all depend on getting their products into the world’s food aisles and shopping centers.”
See our video below featuring Chris Sarles, President & CEO and Patti Law, General Manager of OBA member Oregon Fruit Products, along with Ryan Deckert on the importance of trade to the state.
Also, view a brief clip below from our Lynn Lundquist Leadership Award presentation during the 2015 Statesman Dinner honoring Oregon congressional leaders and hear about the importance of trade in their words:
On November 5, 2015, the full 5,544-page text of the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord was released to the public. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement among the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Darussalam, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam and Brunei. We’re reviewing the details of the accord and encourage our members to do so as well. See below for contact information for communicating with your members of Congress.
Ambassador Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, said, “First and foremost, TPP will position Americans to compete and win in tomorrow’s global economy. This is the first trade agreement to put a real focus on American small businesses who will gain powerful tools to help them export. This is the first trade agreement to put disciplines on state-owned enterprises to make sure that when they compete against our private firms, there’s a level playing field. And this is the first trade agreement to take on the digital economy, ensuring that individual and businesses in America and around the world will benefit from the expanding opportunities offered by a free and open Internet.”
U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representatives
Trade Deal Reached Among U.S., 11 Pacific Rim Countries, Oregonian/AP
US Reaches Trans-Pacific Trade Deal With 11 Nations, Wall Street Journal
White House releases text of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, The Hill
Details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Revealed, NBC
Details of Controversial Pacific Trade Deal Are Released, The New York Times