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AMI, Industry Groups Gather at White House to Support Trade Promotion Authority

Monday, June 18, 2001

AMI and other members of the U.S. agricultural community gathered today at the White House to support President Bush’s drive for renewal of Presidential trade promotion authority (TPA). The initiative is aimed at convincing Congress to delegate, under tight conditions, its trade negotiating authority to the Administration.
At the White House ceremony, President Bush outlined the importance of this legislation.
"This call to arms for trade promotion authority is not a hollow call. This is important. … Because the world is a fantastic opportunity for us, and it's an opportunity we have got to seize if we expect to have prosperity in one of the most vital sectors in our nation," President Bush said.
TPA would enable the U.S. to resume a leadership role in opening world markets and creating additional export opportunities for U.S. agricultural products and other goods and services.
In a letter to President Bush, AMI joined nearly 80 trade associations and corporations in commending the release of his 2001 International Trade Legislative Agenda.
“We commend [the President’s] agenda that leads to the initiative to rebuild the bipartisan consensus that has historically existed for international trade,” the letter said. “In the absence of Trade Promotion Authority, the U.S. has lost a great deal of ground in the international trade arena. It is time to reclaim that ground and restore America’s position as the leader in trade liberalization.”
AMI also joined other organizations and corporations in urging Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, to support TPA during this legislative session. To read copies of the letters to Daschle and President Bush, respectively, visit: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BilateralIssues&NavMenuID=141&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=415and http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BilateralIssues&NavMenuID=141&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=415.

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