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TPA Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee Markup

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate Finance Committee last Wednesday approved the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 by a margin of 20-6 vote. Seven Democrats joined 13 Republicans in voting in favor of the bill, while five Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.

The legislation would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which establishes negotiating parameters for the administration during trade negotiations and authorizes trade agreements to be approved or rejected by Congress without amendment. The Meat Institute strongly supports the TPA bill and has been working closely with other industry and business associations to push for its introduction and passage.

The House Ways and Means Committee also approved its TPA legislation in a 25-13 vote, and both bills are expected to move to the full House and Senate floors in the next few weeks.

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