Trading Views: Real Debates on Key Issues in TPP

Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and the Committee's Democratic Members are hosting a series of intensive, in-depth forums on key issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. See below for additional resources and more information about each forum:


TPP Issue Analysis - Worker Rights [PDF]

Outside Experts:

  • John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch (submitted statement)
  • Harley Shaiken, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California Berkeley (submitted statement)
  • Sabina Dewan, Executive Director, JustJobs Network (submitted statement)
  • Cathy Feingold, Director of International Affairs, AFL-CIO (submitted statement)
  • Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor, George Washington University Law School (submitted statement)
  • Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary, National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic (submitted statement)


January 11, 2016, Senate Visitor Center (SVC) Room 201-00, The Capitol

TPP Issue Analysis - Trade in the Automotive Manufacturing Supply Chain [PDF]




January 7, 2016, House Visitor Center (HVC) Room 215, The Capitol

TPP Issue Analysis - Currency Manipulation [PDF]


  • Fred Bergsten, Senior Fellow and Director Emeritus, Peterson Institute for International Economics (prepared remarks)
  • Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management (prepared remarks)
  • Eswar Prasad, Professor, Cornell University & Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution (prepared remarks)
  • Stephen Biegun, Vice President for International Government Affairs, Ford Motor Company (prepared remarks)



December 8, 2015, 210 Cannon House Office Building (House Budget Committee hearing room)

TPP Issue Analysis - Access to Medicines [PDF]


  • Stephen Ezell, VP of Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (prepared remarks)
  • Rohit Malpani, Director of Policy and Analysis, Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign (prepared remarks)
  • Joseph Damond, Senior VP for International Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) (prepared remarks)
  • Peter Maybarduk, Director, Public Citizen Global Access to Medicines Program (prepared remarks)

Remarks submitted by the public:



December 2, 2015, 210 Cannon House Office Building (House Budget Committee hearing room)

TPP Issue Analysis - Investment Chapter [PDF]


  • Matt Porterfield, Deputy Director and Adjunct Professor, Harrison Institute, Georgetown University Law Center (prepared remarks)
  • Ted Posner, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (prepared remarks)
  • Michael Smart, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC (prepared remarks)
  • Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO (prepared remarks)

During the forum, panelists were asked to submit responses to a follow-up question related to remedies. Read their responses here: Panelists' responses to remedies question

Remarks submitted by the public:

  • Joseph E. Brenner MA and Ellen R. Shaffer PhD MPH, Co-Directors, Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) (submitted remarks)



November 17, 2015, House Visitor Center (HVC) Room 210, The Capitol

TPP Issue Analysis - Environment Chapter [PDF]


  • Dr. Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution (prepared remarks)
  • Alexander von Bismarck, Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency 
  • Ilana Solomon, Responsible Trade Program Director, Sierra Club (prepared remarks)
  • Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Professor, Fisheries Economics Unit of the University of British Columbia (prepared remarks)

Remarks submitted by the public: