While bipartisanship can seem rare in Washington, leaders from both sides of the aisle came together today to support the President’s trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
This morning, President Obama met with former Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg (I), Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards (R), Governor of Ohio John Kasich (R), and Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed (D) -- along with other business, government, and national security leaders -- to discuss how the President’s trade deal can benefit American workers and businesses and strengthen our national security.
The TPP, a trade agreement that puts in place the highest standards of any deal in history, helps levels the playing field for American workers and American businesses and support more Made in America exports and higher-paying American jobs.
Watch the President discuss what the TPP means for our national security and how it helps set the rules for the global economy.
Later, Governor John Kasich and Mayor Kasim Reed stopped by the Briefing Room to call upon Congress to pass the trade deal.
Helping level the playing field for American workers and businesses shouldn’t be partisan issue. As Governor Kasich said: “When partisanship trumps country, we drift. We drift as a nation and I am extremely concerned with what I see. This is a moment for people to begin to reverse that. To think deep inside themselves about what matters when it comes to public service.”
When it comes to ensuring innovation in a 21st century economy and making sure all American are given a fair shot, today's call-to-action demonstrated the ability for leaders to put come together and put the American people, not party, first.
Jazmin Kay is an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy.