Obama Talks Trade Deal at Nike

May 8, 2015
Associated Press

President Barack Obama was at Nike's campus near Beaverton Friday, pitching the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The president said a progressive, high-standard trade agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would open new markets and support high-quality jobs. He used Nike factories across the world as an example

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says he strongly opposes a bill that would give President Obama the authority to fast track U.S. trade deals.

According to DeFazio, fast track authority grants power to the executive branch to negotiate free trade agreements with little congressional input. He says when a free trade agreement is submitted this way, Congress must pass it within 90-days with an up or down vote, no amendments, and limited debate.