Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority
April 21, 2015
Trade is an extremely important issue right now as the U.S. economy continues to struggle as millions of Americans still find themselves jobless and our deficit and debt continue to grow. This is one area where the White House and President Obama have a unique opportunity to come together to approve and ratify trade agreements that benefit working Americans and taxpayers, while at the same time preserving the interest of the country both here and abroad. Last week, bipartisan and bicameral deal was reached on legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The bill was hammered out by Senators Orin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). TPA would ensure that the executive could finalize negotiations on trade agreements, while making sure Congress retained control including oversight on any deal reached. Today, more than twenty organizations joined in a coalition effort supporting the legislation and sent a letter to Congress urging approval of TPA.
Read the letter below:
April 21, 2015
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell:
On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, and limited government grassroots and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.
TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda. Without it, there is little hope that this Congress will make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.
TPA gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, while Congress retains a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency; ultimately Congress has an up-or-down vote on every specific trade agreement.
By definition, the term of this TPA will extend beyond the current administration and into the next one—the goal here is to advance America’s free trade agenda this century, and not to be mired in the stalled trade failures of the recent past.
We believe that tariffs are taxes on trade, and ultimately would like to see a world free of government interference in international commerce. Passing TPA is a necessary step toward getting the ball rolling on that long term policy goal, and we therefore urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority.
Amy Noone Frederick
60 Plus Association
American Conservative Union
Americans for Job Security
Americans for Tax Reform
Jeffrey L. Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom
Citizens for Limited Taxation
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Conservative Reform Network
Thomas A. Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Steven J. Duffield
Frontiers of Freedom
Georgia Center Right Coalition
Institute for Liberty
Minnesota Center-Right Coalition
National Taxpayers Union
Property Rights Alliance
Rio Grande Foundation
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Thomas Jefferson Institute For Public Policy