Former Agriculture Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPAWednesday, March 4, 2015
(North American Meat Institute)
A bipartisan group of former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture, representing all administrations from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, issued an open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which is necessary to finalize and implement numerous trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The letter notes that TPA, which has been granted to all previous presidents since Gerald Ford, is critical for successfully negotiating new trade partnerships that boost exports and create jobs. The secretaries also emphasized the economic opportunities created by trade agreements, citing that in 2014, U.S. agricultural export revenue set a new record of $152.5 billion and propelled farm incomes to new highs.