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U.S. Ambassadors Urge Congress to Pass Promotion Authority and Trade Agreement

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

Eleven U.S. ambassadors to the participating nations of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) wrote a letter urging Congress to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA). The ambassadors note that TPP will bolster American economic strength by supporting more high-paying U.S. jobs, strengthening the middle class and spurring growth in the Asia-Pacific region, where nearly one third of the world's consumers reside. The ambassadors cite the numerous trade agreements that have already been, or are currently being, negotiated between TPP countries and other nations, placing U.S. workers and exports at a competitive disadvantage in the world's fastest-growing region. The letter also underscores TPP's role in promoting American values and interests to secure a deal that contains robust trade rules to ensure transparency, fairness and innovation, while strengthening environmental and labor protections. The failure of the U.S. to engage, the ambassadors continue, will result in weaker trade rules and will hurt U.S. economic and security interests, thereby undermining America's leadership role in the region.

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