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Public Citizen Expert Available for Comment on President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Trans-Pacific Partnership Sales Pitch

Trade Expert Available for Comment on the Pact’s Expected Effects and Prospect for Passage


WHAT: In tonight's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is expected to prioritize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), passage of which the White House has identified as a top 2016 priority. The TPP text was finally released in November after seven years of secretive talks during which 500 U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests had special access, but the public, press and - until mid-2014 - even Congress was shut out. The controversial deal could undermine many landmark achievements of Obama's presidency and thus his legacy on jobs and economic recovery, climate, health care access, gay equality, financial reform, the U.S. auto industry rescue and more.

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, is available for comment on President Obama's TPP SOTU sales pitch, both before and after the speech. Wallach, one of the foremost experts on trade agreements and veteran of 25 years of congressional trade battles, is a leading voice of the anti-TPP movement. She will be available for comment on statements made in the speech and fact checks, as well as to provide framing and context on the coming TPP congressional battle.

WHO: Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

WHEN: Before and after State of the Union address, Tuesday, Jan. 12

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