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Public Statements

Executive Session

Floor Speech

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Ms. WARREN. I agree with Senator Baucus that trade issues are powerfully important to our economy. They involve public policy issues that range from jobs to the Internet.

Many people are interested in following our trade policies, and they need to have enough information to be able to offer real input into the process. I think the Trade Representative needs to be committed to transparency and democracy.

Last week I asked Mr. Froman if he would commit to making public the bracketed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I asked him to provide more information about what trade advisers were receiving what information. Each request that I made about a commitment to public revealing information, he answered with a no.

So I rise to repeat my opposition to Mr. Froman's nomination as the next U.S. Trade Representative. We need a new direction from the Trade Representative--a direction that prioritizes transparency and public debate.

I urge a ``no'' vote.

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Ms. WARREN. May I be heard for 10 seconds?

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Ms. WARREN. I have no doubt that Mr. Froman will be a highly qualified Trade Representative. There is a point of principle at stake here, and that point of principle is that we should not be moving forward on trade agreements without making more of this information public. This is what this is about. Without that, I urge a ``no'' vote.

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