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Eighty Years of History Underline the Need for TPA to Conclude the Best Trade Agreements and Create Jobs

June 16, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released the following statements on the 80th anniversary of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

Chairman Camp stated, “This month marks the 80th anniversary of the enactment of the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act.  Since its passage, every President, until now, has partnered with Congress to have this powerful tool to negotiate the best possible trade deals for America.  I urge the Administration to pull out the stops to assure passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, which strengthens the role of Congress in trade negotiations and gives the President the ability to negotiate the very best deals for U.S. exporters, creating good jobs that pay well.”

Chairman Nunes added, “History is on our side.  TPA-style legislation has worked for 80 years to produce high quality agreements that create U.S. jobs.  But this President doesn’t have this valuable tool.  Unless he acts quickly to work with us to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2014, he will be unable to deliver ambitious trade agreements that benefit our economy.”