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.
White House ceremony, President Bush outlined
the importance of this legislation.
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
“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:
AMI, Industry Groups Gather at White House to Support Trade Promotion AuthorityMonday, June 18, 2001