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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Op-ed Urges TPA Passage

Monday, April 13, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, last week wrote an op-ed that appeared in the McClatchy newspapers urging passage of trade promotion authority (TPA), which he called critical for finalizing trade agreements and ending a host of tariff and nontariff trade barriers that impair U.S. competitiveness abroad. Brilliant underscored the importance of TPA to conclude negotiations related to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) trade agreements. TPP, a trade agreement with 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, could boost U.S. exports by $124 billion annually, whereas T-TIP, a trade deal between the U.S. and Europe, would support 740,000 new domestic jobs. Brilliant also noted that TPA strengthens the voice of Congress by allowing lawmakers to set objectives for trade negotiations. The U.S. has never entered into a major trade deal without TPA, which expired in 2007. Over the past five years, U.S. exports have risen by more than 50 percent.

The Chamber of Commerce also published an article urging Congress to renew TPA to bolster berry trade, while an editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer encouraged passage of TPA and notes that TPP would provide enforceable mandates that ensure collective bargaining and the right to strike, as well as environmental regulations that protect wildlife and sensitive areas.

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