A trade battle between Seattle, New York and other states has emerged as one of the most important in the coming weeks.
A trade war is an ongoing debate in which the countries’ respective governments are trying to secure the most favorable terms for their respective businesses, and they often do so through the courts.
The fight over the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is one of those trade wars, and while the trade agreement is still a work in progress, the trade talks are likely to take center stage this week, as the leaders of Washington, Oregon and California meet in the State of the Union.
The Washington State AFL-CIO, the union representing more than 12,000 workers in the region, and a coalition of other labor organizations have been urging their members to oppose the TPP for months, saying it would undermine U.S. labor standards and put the region’s economy at risk.
The trade agreement, which has faced widespread criticism for its economic effects and environmental regulations, has sparked a trade war that has left many in Washington wondering if Washington’s neighbors in the Pacific Northwest will be able to afford to protect the region.
And the region has not been alone.
The TPP has been the target of attacks from some of the U.s.
Congress’ most conservative members, who have proposed a number of amendments that would cut off access to the agreement.
In an effort to shore up support in Washington, Washington Gov.
Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would allow the governor to veto any TPP-related bills that were not approved by the legislature.
Inslee said the move was meant to “send a clear message to the other states that they are not going to be able take advantage of this agreement, that they will not be able unilaterally to cut off all of this money, they will have to work with us,” Inslee told reporters.
The Oregon legislature last week approved a bill to cut all TPP funding for Oregon by 30 percent.
But the governor, a Democrat, has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
The bill is still awaiting approval by the state legislature, but Inslee has said he will veto any legislation that includes any cuts to TPP funding.
Oregon, Washington and Minnesota have also been trying to cut back on TPP funding by threatening to impose restrictions on the agreements ability to send goods across state lines.
In June, Minnesota passed a law that would prevent the federal government from negotiating trade deals with other states.
Minnesota is also looking at new tariffs on imports of coal, aluminum and other metals that the region imports from the Pacific Rim.