Washington, DC - 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.
This would allow 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.
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
TPA, formerly known
as “fast track” authority, is a partnership
between the Congress and the President forged
to achieve the best possible result for U.S.
interests in international trade negotiations.
Through TPA, the Congress and the
Administration agree on the basic parameters of
the trade negotiating agenda and on the
legislative process for implementing the
results of successful trade negotiations into
law. The Administration agrees to keep the
Congress abreast of developments in the
negotiations. In return, the Congress commits
to vote “up or down” without amendment to
the final trade deal.
“This bill is a
positive step toward opening new markets for
American products, including meats and
poultry,” AMI President J. Patrick Boyle
said. “Trade promotion authority will allow
the U.S. to regain important ground and lead
once again in shaping the international trade
The group also urged Sen.
Tom Daschle (D-SD) to support TPA during this
legislative session, saying the U.S. will not
be able to assert effective leadership on
international trade without
“Improved and liberalized
international trade has always been in the best
interests of the United States,” the letter
to Daschle said.
AMI represents the
interests of packers and processors of beef,
pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their
suppliers throughout North America.
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AMI, Industry Groups Gather at White House to Help Launch Push for Trade Promotion AuthorityMonday, June 18, 2001
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