MFG Advocates, if there was ever a time to tell your elected leaders just how important international trade is to your business, it’s now.
Momentum is building in Congress for renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Contact your Senators and Representative today, and let them know that they have a chance to help level the global playing field for U.S. manufacturers by supporting TPA-2015. A lack of support not only sends the wrong signal to our trading partners, it also shows a lack of understanding and support for what it takes to build a strong manufacturing sector in America. With 95% of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, it’s either trade or die.
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has been granted to every U.S. president since Roosevelt. There’s a reason for that. Fast-track negotiating authority, as TPA is also called, gives the President the leverage he (or she) needs to open new markets for U.S. products by granting the authority to negotiate international agreements that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster. Two major trade agreements are at stake – one with the Asia-Pacific, another with the European Union. The successful conclusion of these negotiations means increased U.S. economic growth and more jobs. It’s a win for American businesses. It’s a win for American workers. It’s a win for America.
Contacting Congress is easy, especially over the Memorial Day recess when lawmakers are back in their home states and districts. The message is simple. Pass TPA-2015 now. Click here for background info, a sample letter and information on contacting your elected officials.