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About 25 protesters rallied outside Rep. John Delaney’s (D-Dist. 6) Gaithersburg office on Friday to urge him to vote against reauthorizing the president’s fast-track privileges for issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial free-trade agreement.

The partnership is proposed between the United States, Canada and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and would remove tariffs and other limits to trade.

Protest organizers say the Friday rally in Gaithersburg was part of a North American Day of Action. More than 50 cities across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada were expected to host rallies to raise concerns involving the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements.

According to papers handed out at the rally, protesters are concerned the partnership agreement will cause the U.S. to outsource jobs to other countries, increase the cost of prescriptions, and degrade environmental and consumer protections.

Delaney has not come forward with a stance on the partnership, according to Will McDonald, communications director for the congressman.

“This is a massively complex and incredibliy important piece of legislation that will likely be very transformative for our trade policy. We are still doing due diligence on it and part of that is hearing constituents’ feedback and the concerns they raise,” McDonald said Friday.

kbrick@gazette.net