April 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom Reed says the House of Representatives has introduced bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Reed says the bill, if passed, will establishe solid rules for trade negotiations to help the United States deliver strong, high-standard trade agreements that will boost American exports and create new economic opportunities and better jobs for New York workers, manufacturers, and farmers.
“This legislation ensures trade deals are ultimately approved by the people’s elected representatives in Congress, not the president,” Reed said. “It provides new additional congressional oversight over the president by including a Ways and Means Committee ‘veto’ if the president fails to meet the criteria for trade negotiations as Congress articulates in the legislation. This will ensure any future agreement achieves what I demand in this area: a level playing field on which American business and workers can compete against the world.”
According to Reed, this will ensure that New York manufacturers get fair access to international markets to “continue to make it here and sell it there.” He noted that will also provide crucial new markets for New York’s farmers, allowing them higher value exportable products to new consumers. I care about the well-being of the families of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes and know that TPA will provide jobs and opportunity to our area.”