Hatch Says TPA Back on the Books Marks ‘Pivotal Moment’ for Nation

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement after the President signed his legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities & Accountability Act (TPA 2015) into law:

“This is a pivotal moment for our country and U.S. trade policy. With Trade Promotion Authority back on the books, our nation can now successfully pave the way for new trade agreements that will guarantee goods and services created by American workers are able to enter and effectively compete in overseas markets. This critical trade tool enhances Congress’ role in international trade negotiations, ensures our chief trade negotiators will get the very best deals for our country, and holds the key to unlocking new markets and further breaking down trade barriers for American exports. This means more economic growth and better opportunities for American farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. While this new law represents a true reflection of bipartisan work and is a major win for the American people and our nation as a whole, our work has just begun. As the United States continues to negotiate major trade agreements with Asia and Europe, Congress must carefully monitor these talks to ensure America’s priorities are met and that we’re able to close a high-standard trade deal that will fully benefit our workers and job creators and allow America’s  economic leadership to extend across the globe.”