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House Passes TPA Legislation

Monday, June 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted 218-208 to grant President Obama trade promotion authority (TPA), after removing a measure known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which would provide training and other assistance to American workers whose jobs are displaced by international trade. The House narrowly passed TPA on June 12, 2015, but rejected the TAA measure that had been linked to the TPA legislation, thereby blocking the entire package from proceeding to the President for his signature.

TPA would grant Congress the power to consider trade agreements with an up-or-down vote, without the possibility of offering amendments that could halt a deal. Passage of TPA is essential to complete the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreements.

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation as early as this week. The Senate previously passed both TPA and TAA in late May as part of a combined bill.

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