Dem lawmakers ask to be included in Pacific trade talks

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The letter comes as the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report Tuesday calling on U.S. trade negotiators to insists that the trade deal include “the highest levels of intellectual property rights protection, transparency in government procurement practices, removal of non-tariff barriers, comprehensive market access provisions, and stringent enforcement mechanisms.”

"ITIF believes that it's more important to get the TPP right than to get it done right away," Stephen Ezell, a senior analyst with the foundation and the report's chief author, said in a statement. "This is an opportunity to raise the bar and not merely codify the status quo. It would be a grave mistake for the United States to enter into a weak or substandard trade agreement."

The proposed partnership includes eight nations along with the United States: Brunei, Chile, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Vietnam and Malaysia. Mexico and Canada are also expected to join the talks this fall.