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
Aerospace Industries Association
Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)
The Airforwarders Association
Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Exporters and
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
The American Legion
American Natural Soda Ash Corporation
American Petroleum Institute
American Soybean Association
Applied Materials, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Global Automakers
Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
BNSF Railway Company
The Boeing Company
Border Commerce and Security Council
BSA | The Software Alliance
Business Council for Global Development
California Business Roundtable
California Chamber of Commerce
Campbell Soup Company
Cange International, Inc.
CETRA Language Solutions
Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &
Santa Barbara Counties
Cisco Systems, Inc.
The Clorox Company
Coalition for Employment through ExportsCoalition of New England Companies for Trade
Coalition of Services Industries
The Coca Cola Company
Consumer Specialty Products Association
Corn Refiners Association
Council of the Americas
Crop Life America
C. V. Starr & Co., Inc.
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
Florida Ports Council
Foreign Trade Association
Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America
Free Trade Alliance
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
Global Information Infrastructure Commission
Grant Thornton LLP
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Hardwood Plywood and Veneer AssociationHerbalife
The Home Depot
Honda North America, Inc.
Illinois District Export Council
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
International Dairy Foods Association
International Intellectual Property Alliance
ITC Holdings Corp.
International Trade Association of Greater
Jeffersonian Project, an affiliate of the
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Jockey International, Inc
Johnson & Johnson
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Convention &
Liberty Mutual Group
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight
Mary Kay Inc.
McGraw Hill Financial
Miami Valley Marketing Group
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Momentive Performance Materials and
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
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
of America (PhRMA)
The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI)
The Procter & Gamble Company
Promotional Products Association
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and
Securities Industry & Financial Markets
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials
Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
Small Business Exporters AssociationSociety of Chemical Manufacturers and
Software & Information Industry Association
Sports & Fitness Industry Association
State Farm Insurance Companies
SVB Environmental Lubricants, Inc.
Sweetener Users Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
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
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia - Washington, DC District Export
Volvo Group North America
The Walt Disney Company
Washington Council on International Trade
Western Digital Corporation
The Williams Companies
W.J. Byrnes & Co.
World Trade Center DelawareXerox Corporation
Zac Ventures Inc