TPA Leads Coalition Urging House to Pass Trade Promotion Authority

Michi Iljazi

June 10, 2015

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Taxpayers Protection Alliance Leads Coalition Urging Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

(Washington) – Today a coalition of 22 organizations sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives urging passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

Joined by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) at a press conference, the organizations expressed the urgency of passing TPA.

“The United States desperately needs TPA legislation in order to finalize trade agreements while Congress maintains oversight and control,” said David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance President. “It’s important to remember that this legislation would not only help Congress keep the current Administration in check, but this is a six-year agreement that will be critical for the passage of trade deals through the first term of the next president.”

Several of the organizations that signed on today’s letter previously sent a similar to the Senate, before TPA legislation passed in that chamber by a vote of 62-37. “In strong, bipartisan fashion, the Senate voted for the passage of TPA legislation. The House needs to follow suit so that America’s businesses, small and large, can compete on a level playing field in the world’s largest markets. We need to lead international trade negotiations, and TPA is essential for doing so.”

The House is expected to vote on the legislation before the July recess.

The letter in its entirety can be read below or found here.


June 10, 2015

Dear Members of the House of Representatives:

On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, limited government grassroots, and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.

The Senate has already acted to move forward with this important piece of legislation and now it is time for the House to do the same. TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda.  Without it, there is little hope that this Congress can make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.

The Senate-passed TPA bill gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, with Congress retaining a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency.  Ultimately, Congress will have 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 of TPA 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.

Sincerely,

David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Amy Noone Frederick
60 Plus Association

Dan Greenberg
Advance Arkansas Institute

Phil Kerpen
American Commitment

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

Jeff Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom

Keith Pauley
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

Tom Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Iain Murray
Competitive Enterprise Institute

April Ponnuru
Conservative Reform Network

Steven J. Duffield
Crossroads GPS

Katie McAuliffe
Digital Liberty

George Landrith
Frontiers of Freedom

Louie Hunter
Georgia Center Right Coalition

Andrew Langer
Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
Institute for Policy Innovation

Lisa B. Nelson
The Jeffersonian Project

Pete Sepp
National Taxpayers Union

Lorenzo Montanari
Property Rights Alliance

Lori Sanders
R St. Institute

Paul J. Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Karen Kerrigan
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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