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Trade Benefits America Coalition urges passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation this year.

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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.

Sincerely,

3M

Abbott

AbbVie

ACE Limited

Aerospace Industries Association

Aflac

AGCO Corporation

Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)

The Airforwarders Association

Alcoa Inc.

Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness

Altec, Inc.

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

Amgen Inc.

Amway

Apple Inc

Applied Materials, Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Association of Global Automakers

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA)

AT&T Inc.

BASF Corporation

Bayer AGBiotechnology 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, Inc.

Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties

Chevron Corporation

CIGNA Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Citigroup, 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

Cummins Inc.

C. V. Starr & Co., Inc.

DAIMLER

Danaher Corporation

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Deere & Company

Diageo

Direct Selling Association

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

The Dow Chemical Company

DuPont

Eastman Chemical Company

EatoneBay

Emergency Committee for American Trade

Emerson

Express Association of America (EAA)

Exxon Mobil Corporation

EY

Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA)

FedEx Corporation

Florida Ports Council

Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)

Foreign Trade Association

Free Trade Alliance

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

Gap Inc.

General Electric Company

General Mills, Inc.

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Grant Thornton LLP

Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Hardwood Plywood and Veneer AssociationHerbalife

Hewlett-Packard

The Home Depot

Honda North America, Inc.

Honeywell

IBM Corporation

Illinois District Export Council

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Ingersoll-Rand plc

Intel Corporation

International Dairy Foods Association

International Intellectual Property Alliance

International Paper

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

ITC Holdings Corp.

Jockey International, Inc

Johnson & Johnson

Juniper Networks

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Center

KPMG LLP

Liberty Mutual Group

Lockheed Martin

LORD Corporation

Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association

Mattel, Inc.

McGraw Hill Financial

Medtronic, Inc.

Merck

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

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)

Oracle

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 International

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 Association 

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA)

Software & Information Industry Association

Sony

Sports & Fitness Industry Association

State Farm Insurance Companies

SVB Environmental Lubricants, Inc.

Sweetener Users Association

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Target Corporation

TechAmerica

TechNet

Technology CEO Council

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Texas Instruments Incorporated

Towpath Group International, LLC

Toy Industry Association

Toyota

Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC)

Travel Goods Association (TGA)

The Travelers Companies

Tyco International Ltd.

United Technologies Corporation

UPS

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 Council

Visa Inc.

Volvo Group North America

Walmart

The Walt Disney Company

Washington Council on International Trade

Western Digital Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation

The Williams Companies

Wine Institute

W.J. Byrnes & Co.

World Trade Center Delaware

Xerox Corporation