Trade Benefits America Coalition urges passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation this year.
Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, Leader Pelosi and Leader McConnell:
As members of the Trade Benefits America Coalition, we write to urge passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation this year.
Congressional action on TPA is needed to help ensure high-standard outcomes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries are striving to complete. By passing TPA, Congress will also help ensure strong outcomes in the other ongoing talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and an agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. These initiatives hold tremendous potential to: help U.S. companies of all sizes, farmers and workers buy and sell goods and services in the global marketplace; set strong, enforceable trade rules; and support U.S. growth and jobs.
Other countries are completing trade agreements that are opening markets for their companies, farmers and workers and shaping the rules for international trade to their advantage. It is vital that the United States respond by negotiating and implementing high-standard, market-opening trade agreements as soon as possible. History has shown that TPA is a critical tool for helping complete ambitious U.S. trade agreements and getting them passed by Congress. 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 on opportunities – such as ongoing and future U.S. trade agreements – to expand U.S. commerce with other countries.
Accordingly, we are eager to work with you, your colleagues in the House and Senate, and the Administration to pass bipartisan TPA legislation before the end of the year.
Aerospace Industries Association
Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)
The Airforwarders Association
Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
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 Federation
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
American Insurance Association (AIA)
American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)
American Natural Soda Ash Corporation (ANSAC)
American Petroleum Institute
American Soybean Association
Applied Materials, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Association of Global Automakers
Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA)
Bayer AGBiotechnology 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.
Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
Cisco Systems, Inc.
The Clorox CompanyCNH Industrial
Coalition for Employment through Exports
Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT)
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 (FASA)
Florida Ports Council
Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
Foreign Trade Association
Free Trade Alliance
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
Global Information Infrastructure Commission
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
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
International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
ITC Holdings Corp.
Jockey International, Inc
Johnson & Johnson
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Center
Liberty Mutual Group
Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association
McGraw Hill Financial
Miami Valley Marketing Group
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Momentive Performance Materials and Specialty Chemicals
Montana Chamber of Commerce
Motion 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 (NEMA)
National Foreign Trade Council
National Grain and Feed Association
National Milk Producers Federation
National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA)
National Retail Federation
National Small Business Association
North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA)
North American Equipment Dealers Association
North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA)
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 International
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)
Small Business Exporters Association
Society 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
Technology CEO Council
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 Council
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 Delaware