Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Press Release - Libertarian Candidate Opposes TPP, Brian Luke

June 14, 2016

2nd Congressional District Candidate Opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership
Libertarian Party candidate for Washington State’s 2nd Congressional District Brian Luke has come out in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed trade agreement between Pacific Rim countries.

Luke states his reasoning for opposing the TPP: “Although international commerce is important to the United States, I believe that the United States should be cautious of trade agreements with countries that do not have a similar standard of living (wages, laws, and regulations). Furthermore, I am cautious of multi-country trade agreements. Trade agreements with individual countries might be acceptable, but they should be reviewed.”

Luke also disagrees with the congressional approval process for this agreement: “I oppose trade promotion authority (TPA), also known as “fast track,” which does not allow Congress to amend trade agreements negotiated by the President and only allows an up or down vote.” Luke further states that, “it is important that Congress scrutinize these agreements for the sake of American workers and businesses.” Incumbent Congressman for the 2nd Congressional District Rick Larsen voted to renew TPA in 2015.

Just to avoid confusion, Luke’s brother Mike Luke is running for the U.S. Senate in Washington State as a Libertarian. He also opposes the TPP.

Brian Luke is one of over 30 Libertarians in Washington State running in federal, congressional, state executive, state legislative or county commissioner offices. Luke is endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Washington.

Washington State’s 2nd Congressional District comprises all or parts of Snohomish, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties.

Luke is 43, lives in Lynnwood, and has worked in the grocery business for 20 years. He has an M.A. in International Studies (Middle East focus) from the University of Washington and a paralegal certificate from Edmonds Community College.

Luke is focusing on several issues, including trade, fiscal and foreign policy.

For more information or to contact Brian Luke, please see the following:
Website: http://luke4congress.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrianLukeforCongress/
Email: luke4congress@frontier.com
Phone: (425) 242-7660