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  • National Review: Yes to Trade Promotion Authority
    Posted in Blog on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    By The Editors, National Review Sometimes, politics deals Republicans a winning hand, and that confuses some of them, who then set about trying to figure out a way to lose—which is what is happening with the current debate over the president’s fast-track trade-promotion authority (TPA) and the proposed trade-liberalization deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPA, which simply ensures that a trade pact negotiated by the president receives an up-or-down vote in Congress, ought to b... Read more

  • Krauthammer: Vote for TPA
    Posted in Blog on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    By Charles Krauthammer That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions—provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most astonishing advance of global welfare and prosperity the world has ever seen. And that regime was created, overseen, guaranteed and presided ove... Read more

  • CRS: TPA Gives ‘No New Authority’ to the President, Says New Report
    Posted in Blog on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    "TPA grants no new authority to the President," says a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. "The President possesses inherent authority to negotiate with other countries to arrive at trade agreements. If any such agreement requires changes in U.S. law, however, it could be implemented only through legislation enacted by Congress." Taking head-on a lot of myths about trade promotion authority, CRS explains how TPA puts Congress in the driver’s seat of trade negotiations. ... Read more

  • Empower Congress. Pass TPA.
    Posted in Blog on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

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  • #TBT: Reagan and Trade
    Posted in Blog on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    President Reagan with James Baker, Clayton Yeutter, and Allan Gotlieb signing the Canada United States Free Trade Agreement Implentation Act in the Rose Garden. 9/28/88. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we look back at one of the biggest champions of expanding American trade: Ronald Reagan. Our 40th president pursued a vigorous trade agenda. He negotiated the U.S.’s very first free-trade agreement—that with Israel in 1985. The next year, he launched the Uruguay Round of trade talks, which led to the... Read more

  • Could TPA Take Away Your Guns? Not a Chance.
    Posted in Blog on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Opponents of trade agreements have spun up all kinds of fallacies in an attempt to stop bipartisan trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, offered by Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The latest, however, is perhaps the most ludicrous: that a pending trade agreement will somehow lead to restrictions on firearms and ammunition. Let’s just stop right there. Not gonna happen. Chairman Ryan is one of the strongest proponents of gun rights in Congress and would never allow trade agreeme... Read more

  • Racing against the Clock—and China
    Posted in Blog on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    As Chairman Ryan has said: “If we sit by and do nothing, then China will write the rules of the global economy, particularly in Asia, to China's benefit. And that won't be to the benefit of the American worker.” This point was echoed today in The New York Times. They write that China is “setting up other trade pacts around the region so it can use its cash and enormous market leverage to strike deals more advantageous to its interests.” China’s giant presence in the region gives it inherent adv... Read more

  • Mitt Romney: "TPA is good for America"
    Posted in Blog on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    Yesterday, former Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement to his nearly 11 million Facebook followers in support for trade promotion authority, or TPA, echoing the fact that stronger trade agreements will bring bigger markets and better-paying jobs to American workers. "It probably wouldn't be a bad rule of thumb to oppose anything President Obama supports. But Trade Promotion Authority is an exception. Admittedly, his ham-handed rally at Nike gives pause—he should instead have visi... Read more

  • Big New Markets for Small Business
    Posted in Blog on May 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    This week marks National Small Business Week, so we should ask ourselves: How can we help America’s small businesses grow and thrive in the 21st-century economy? The answer is to open up new markets and help them compete for new customers around the world. And how do we do that? By passing trade promotion authority (TPA). With 96 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States, we need policies that help our small businesses sell more of their products overseas. Indeed, more an... Read more

  • Conservative Support for TPA
    Posted in Blog on May 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Trade

    Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan: Putting Congress in Charge on Trade WSJ Editorial Board Endorsement: A Lift for Free Trade American Enterprise Institute: TPA Hits the Right Notes Washington Examiner Editorial Board Endorsement: Congress Should Pursue Trade Agreements with Optimism Bloomberg View, by Ramesh Ponnuru: Arguments Against TPA Don’t Hold Up Competitive Enterprise Institute: Why the TPA is Needed Investor’s Business Daily Editorial Board Endorsement: Fast Track the Trade Promotion Authority Nat... Read more