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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

  • Ryan on State of the Union: For ‘More Jobs and Better Wages,’ We Need Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — On Sunday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Brianna Keilar to discuss the importance of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation currently being considered by Congress. During their discussion, Chairman Ryan explained why new trade agreements are so vital to our economy and why Congress must pass TPA as soon as possible to ensure that we get the best agreements for American workers and job creators. To see the ful... Read more

  • Ryan on C-SPAN: Trade Agreements Result in ‘More Economic Growth, More Job Creation, and Better Wages’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — In an interview with C-SPAN, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan made the case for Congress passing trade promotion authority explaining how it empowers the legislative branch in trade agreements. Ryan also argued that the U.S. must provide a counterweight to China and take the lead in writing the rules of the global economy. Audio of the interview is available here. Excerpts of Chairman Ryan’s responses follow. 150 Guidelines in TPA Gi... 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

  • Ryan Statement on Senate Movement of Trade Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the Senate passed its versions of the Trade Preferences Act and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act as well as achieved cloture on a package that includes the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA). "A robust trade agenda is critical to a healthy economy and strong American leadership in the world. That's why I'm pleased that the Senate has bee... 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

  • Ryan on Fox News: ‘It’s about Jobs. It’s about America Leading.’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — This morning, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke to Fox & Friends about the importance of Congress coming together to move forward on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, so that we can get new trade agreements that will open up new markets for our products and create good-paying jobs right here in America. When asked about Senate leaders striking a new deal to move forward with TPA legislation, Ryan said: “Well the Democrats obviously dealt [the president... 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

  • Ryan on CNBC: America's 'Credibility Is at Stake'
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — This morning, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan spoke with CNBC’s Squawk Box on why Congress needs to come together and pass trade promotion authority legislation. Excerpts from his remarks follow. “I can't imagine the Democrats are going to deal the leader of their party, the President, this kind of defeat, and I think we'll get through this. There have been through these kinds of snafus fairly often in the Senate. They have these kinds of votes fairly often. . . . But Democ... Read more