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What they’re saying: Congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority, AGOA, and Preference Packages

Published on June 30, 2015

Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative (USTR):  “This has been a landmark week for furthering the President’s trade agenda.  Congress passed bipartisan legislation that sets a high bar for our trade negotiations, spurs sustainable economic development, trains American workers, and improves the enforcement of our trade laws to support American manufacturing.  Each of these initiatives is an integral part of using trade to unlock opportunity for America’s middle class and strengthen our leadership abroad.” [06/25/2015]

Secretary John Kerry, Department of State: “Today, the United States took a major step to promote prosperity and security at home and enhance our leadership abroad. I applaud Congress for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. This bipartisan action grants President Obama the authority to negotiate trade deals that will simultaneously ensure our national security and guarantee our prosperity. It also provides a concrete framework that will enable our country to complete one of the most significant trade agreements in our history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and encourage progress on a similar deal with Europe.” [06/25/2015]

Secretary Penny Pritzker, Department of Commerce: “I want to thank Members of Congress in both parties who came together on behalf of America’s workers and our businesses by authorizing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  Today’s vote will allow our country to negotiate and finalize modern, high-standard trade agreements that reflect our values and ideals, including in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. TPA will help American businesses and workers better compete in the 21st century economy by opening up and expanding opportunities in new markets.” [06/25/2015] Read more. Source | Tradewinds