Noem Urges Prompt Consideration of TPA by President, following Senate Passage
TPA brings greater accountability and transparency to trade negotiations, says Congresswoman
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem today urged President Obama to promptly sign a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill following the Senate’s final passage of the legislation this afternoon. Noem helped the U.S. House of Representatives pass this legislation on June 18.
“95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders, so America limits its growth if we can’t reach them on a level playing field,” said Noem. “When South Dakota has the opportunity to export goods to countries where the U.S. has a trade agreement, we sell approximately 11.5 times more goods than we would to a country where that relationship hasn’t been established. TPA gives our negotiators the tools necessary to reach a fair deal that can produce those kind of results. I applaud the U.S. Senate for passing this critical bill and I strongly urge the President to move quickly in signing it.”
TPA allows Congress to help set the rules for trade negotiations and lays out congressional objectives of what a good trade deal looks like for America. This helps ensure greater transparency throughout the negotiating process by empowering Congress to conduct vigorous oversight and hold the administration accountable. Additionally, with TPA in place, the general public will have online access to the final version of any trade agreement 60 days before that agreement is sent to Congress. More information on the authorities granted to Congress and the general public by TPA can be found here.