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Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Senate Vote on Trade Promotion Authority
Today, the U.S. Congress made clear that the United States intends to lead on trade, deliver more, good middle class jobs and unlock opportunity for American workers, farmers, ranchers and small businesses across the country.
A bipartisan majority of the Senate has now joined a similar majority in the House in demonstrating that there is broad support for U.S. leadership in establishing the rules for trade. Based on this support, the U.S. can speak with one voice as we move forward to final passage and with trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
Through its actions over the past week, Congress has given us its marching orders, including unprecedented requirements for transparency and consultation, and we look forward to continuing our work with Congress as we carry them out.
Now it's time for Congress to follow through with legislation that helps train American workers, supports American manufacturing and renews vital programs that help spur sustainable economic development from Africa, to Haiti, to developing countries across the world.
Within reach is an opportunity to shape tomorrow’s global economy so that it reflects both our values and our interests. Working with Congress, a broad range of stakeholders and the American public, we look forward to delivering on that promise.