Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to advance Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a final vote Wednesday that is almost certain to pass, which will then send the bill to President Obama’s desk to become law. National Association of Wheat Growers President Brett Blankenship, a wheat grower from Washtucna, WA, said, “We are extremely pleased the Senate showed their commitment to trade today as they prepare for a final vote on Trade Promotion Authority. We are one step away from providing U.S. wheat growers expanded opportunities through trade and strengthening relationships with our trading partners abroad. The U.S. is the single largest exporter of wheat in the world, and TPA renewal is essential to finalizing comprehensive trade agreements and putting the best deal on the table. I look forward to swift passage as this important bill goes before the Senate tomorrow.”
If approved, the stand alone Trade Promotion Authority bill would then be sent to the President’s desk to become law. The Hill reports 13 Democrats joined Republicans in the vote, even though the bill does not include Trade Adjustment Assistance. TAA was packaged with TPA when it first passed the Senate nearly a month ago, but the House failed to pass TAA. House Speaker John Boehner promised a House vote on TAA as soon as it clears the Senate.