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Trade Benefits America Coalition urges passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)


Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi and Leader Reid:

As members of the Trade Benefits America Coalition, we write to urge passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation early this year.

As you know, TPA has long played an important role in both the negotiation and Congressional consideration of high-standard trade agreements. Every U.S. free trade agreement except one – the U.S-Jordan FTA – or 14 agreements were concluded pursuant to TPA, as well as the GATT Tokyo Round and WTO Uruguay Round agreements. When TPA was not in effect from 1994 to 2002, the United States fell behind our foreign competitors that negotiated trade agreements advantaging their companies, farmers and workers over ours in international markets.

TPA was last written in 2002 and expired in 2007. Since then, new trade issues have emerged for U.S. businesses and farmers in today’s global marketplace. Congress and the President have a prime opportunity to work together to modernize and pass 21st century TPA to help address those issues and support U.S. economic growth and jobs.

TPA is particularly important now, given ongoing efforts to close the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and the Administration’s goal of then seeking its Congressional approval this year. TPA is also critical to advancing the broader U.S. trade agenda, including the ongoing talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement, and an agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. These initiatives hold tremendous potential to open new markets for U.S. companies, farmers and workers and support growth and jobs. With 95 percent of potential customers outside the United States and more than one in five American jobs supported by trade, we need to seize the opportunities they  present.

We believe it is important and urgent for Congress to pass bipartisan TPA legislation to: (1) strengthen U.S. negotiators’ hands to secure solid results in U.S. trade negotiations; (2) demonstrate to the countries we are negotiating with that Congress supports high-standard and market-opening outcomes in these negotiations; and (3) help facilitate Congressional review and consideration of these agreements.

For all these reasons, we urge you, your colleagues in the House and Senate, and the President and his Administration to work together to enact TPA early this year. We are eager to work with you, and we will continue to work hard to help pass TPA and achieve solid results in the ongoing U.S. trade negotiations.


Members of the Trade Benefits America Coalition (see list below)

cc: Senator Orrin Hatch

Senator Ron Wyden

Representative Paul Ryan

Representative Sandy Levin






ACE Limited

Aerospace Industries Association


AGCO Corporation

Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)

The Airforwarders Association

Alcoa Inc.

Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness

Altec, Inc.

American Apparel & Footwear Association


American Association of Exporters and

Importers (AAEI)

American Business Conference

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

American Chemistry Council

American Council of Life Insurers

American Farm Bureau FederationAmerican Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

American Insurance Association (AIA)

American International Automobile Dealers

Association (AIADA)

The American Legion

American Natural Soda Ash Corporation


American Petroleum Institute

American Soybean Association

Amgen Inc.


Apple Inc

Applied Materials, Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers


Association of Global Automakers

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry


AT&T Inc.

Bayer AG

BASF Corporation

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

BNSF Railway Company

The Boeing Company

Border Commerce and Security Council

Brown-Forman Corporation

BSA | The Software Alliance

Business Council for Global Development

Business Roundtable

CA Technologies

California Business Roundtable

California Chamber of Commerce

Campbell Soup Company

Cange International, Inc.

Cargill, Incorporated

Caterpillar Inc.

CETRA Language Solutions

Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &

Santa Barbara Counties

Chevron Corporation

CIGNA Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Citigroup, Inc.

The Clorox Company

CNH Industrial

Coalition for Employment through ExportsCoalition of New England Companies for Trade


Coalition of Services Industries

The Coca Cola Company

Consumer Specialty Products Association

Corning Incorporated

Corn Refiners Association

Council of the Americas

Crop Life America

Cummins Inc.

C. V. Starr & Co., Inc.


Danaher Corporation

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Deere & Company


Direct Selling Association

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

The Dow Chemical Company


Eastman Chemical Company



Emergency Committee for American Trade


Express Association of America (EAA)

Exxon Mobil Corporation


Fashion Accessories Shippers Association


FedEx Corporation

Florida Ports Council

Foreign Trade Association

Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America


Free Trade Alliance

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Gap Inc.

General Electric Company

General Mills, Inc.

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

Grant Thornton LLP

Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Hardwood Plywood and Veneer AssociationHerbalife


The Home Depot

Honda North America, Inc.


IBM Corporation

Illinois District Export Council

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Ingersoll-Rand plc

Intel Corporation

International Dairy Foods Association

International Intellectual Property Alliance

ITC Holdings Corp.

International Paper

International Trade Association of Greater


Jeffersonian Project, an affiliate of the

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Jockey International, Inc

Johnson & Johnson

Juniper Networks

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association


Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Convention &

Visitor Bureau


Liberty Mutual Group

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Lockheed Martin

LORD Corporation

Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight

Forwarders Association

Mary Kay Inc.

Mattel, Inc.

McGraw Hill Financial

Medtronic, Inc.


MetLife, Inc.

Miami Valley Marketing Group

Michael’s Stores

Microsoft Corporation

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Momentive Performance Materials and

Specialty Chemicals

Mondel?z International

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Morgan StanleyMotion Picture Association of America

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National District Export Council

National Electrical Manufacturers Association


National Foreign Trade Council

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association


National Retail Federation

National Small Business Association

North Alabama International Trade Association


North American Equipment Dealers


North American Export Grain Association


Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)


Organization for International Investment

PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and

Freight Forwarders Assoc. - The PCC

Personal Care Products Council

Pfizer Inc

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers

of America (PhRMA)

The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI)

Polyguard Products

PPG Industries

The Procter & Gamble Company

Promotional Products Association


Qualcomm Incorporated

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and

Convention-Visitors Bureau

Securities Industry & Financial Markets

Association (SIFMA)

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials

International (SEMI)

Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

Siemens Corporation

Small Business Exporters AssociationSociety of Chemical Manufacturers and

Affiliates (SOCMA)

Software & Information Industry Association


Sports & Fitness Industry Association

State Farm Insurance Companies

SVB Environmental Lubricants, Inc.

Sweetener Users Association

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Target Corporation



Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Texas Instruments Incorporated

Towpath Group International, LLC

Toy Industry Association


Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC)

Travel Goods Association (TGA)

The Travelers Companies

Tyco International Ltd.

United Technologies Corporation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Council for International Business

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Fashion Industry Association

U.S. Wheat Associates

US-ASEAN Business Council


USA Rice Federation

Vermeer Corporation

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia - Washington, DC District Export


Visa Inc.

Volvo Group North America


The Walt Disney Company

Washington Council on International Trade

Western Digital Corporation

Western Growers

Whirlpool Corporation

The Williams Companies

Wine Institute

W.J. Byrnes & Co.

World Trade Center DelawareXerox Corporation

Zac Ventures Inc