Action in the Senate this week on advancing Trade Promotion Authority drew strong support from farm groups. The American Farm Bureau Federation applauded the Senate Committee on Finance for its approval of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. “We thank Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden for their leadership in introducing this important piece of legislation to extend trade promotion authority and working for the strong vote of approval by the committee,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This legislation is critical to making progress on pending negotiations and promises to expand opportunities for increased U.S. agricultural exports.” Farm Bureau also urges the House Committee on Ways and Means to approve the TPA legislation.
The National Corn Growers Association joined the chorus of farm groups praising the Senate Committee action. “On behalf of America’s corn farmers, our customers, and the one million Americans whose jobs depend on agricultural trade, I want to thank the Senate Finance Committee members who voted to advance Trade Promotion Authority out of committee,” said Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer and president of NCGA. “We now call on members of the House Ways & Means Committee to pass a clean TPA bill out of committee, and for both the House and Senate to bring this important legislation to a floor vote as soon as possible.”
“We were very happy to see the Committee pass a TPA bill, without amendments that would hinder progress on future free trade agreements,” said Philip Ellis,National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President. “Trade Promotion Authority gives our negotiators and trading partners a clear signal to negotiate the best deal for our products, knowing it will receive an up or down vote in Congress. Current and future free trade agreements give us the ability to take our beef, the best protein in the world, to the 96 percent of the world’s population that lives beyond our borders. Trade and greater access to markets around the world mean the future to my ranch, my kids and my grand kids; and I urge Congress to pass this legislation without delay.”