(Jennifer Sanford – The Hill)
Congress – as has become the norm in recent years – faces grinding gridlock on dozens of issues today, but there’s one issue that has a real chance at success in Congress that will create American jobs, support leadership of the U.S. technology industry around the world, and drive economic growth here at home.
That issue is free trade. This week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority legislation (TPA) in Congress. These members are to be commended for their leadership, and passage of this legislation is absolutely critical.
For those not familiar with Congress-speak, “Trade Promotion Authority” legislation would not only give Congress more power to direct the administration on what it needs to achieve in trade negotiations, but also to choose when to give a negotiated trade agreement a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, expedited vote. This helps our nation’s negotiators secure the best possible deal for our country, while strengthening Congress’s role in the completion of a trade negotiation. Click here to read more.