The Obama Administration plans to give Congress reason to approve Trade Promotion Authority by negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement they can’t pass up. According to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman – the votes are there as long as the Administration brings back a good agreement. He says the focus is to do just that – including for agriculture. Froman reports spending time on Capitol Hill with both parties to lay the foundation for broad bipartisan support of TPA legislation. He says Congress has recognized the infeasibility of designating more than 500 people – their full membership – as trade negotiators. Froman also says the Administration recognizes the importance of agriculture in not just the TPP negotiations – but also the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union.
He says increasing ag trade is important to the entire U.S. economy. That’s why he’s looking to those in agriculture to urge Congress to grant President Obama the trade promotion authority he needs to assure leaders of other countries that Congress will vote deals up or down rather than amending them.
Source: NAFB News Service