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NTU Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority

by Brandon Arnold / /

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell:

On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, and limited government grassroots and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.

TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda.  Without it, there is little hope that this Congress will make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.

TPA gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, while Congress retains a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency; ultimately Congress has an up-or-down vote on every specific trade agreement.

By definition, the term of this TPA will extend beyond the current administration and into the next one—the goal here is to advance America’s free trade agenda this century, and not to be mired in the stalled trade failures of the recent past.

We believe that tariffs are taxes on trade, and ultimately would like to see a world free of government interference in international commerce.  Passing TPA is a necessary step toward getting the ball rolling on that long term policy goal, and we therefore urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority.

Sincerely, 
 
Amy Noone Frederick
60 Plus Association
 
Phil Kerpen
American Commitment
 
Dan Schneider
American Conservative Union
 
Stephen DeMaura
Americans for Job Security
 
Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
 
Jeffrey L. Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom
 
Chip Faulkner
Citizens for Limited Taxation
 
Iain Murray
Competitive Enterprise Institute
 
April Ponnuru
Conservative Reform Network

Thomas A. Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Steven J. Duffield
Crossroads GPS
 
Katie McAuliffe
Digital Liberty
 
Brian Baker
Ending Spending
 
George Landrith
Frontiers of Freedom
 
Louie Hunter
Georgia Center Right Coalition
 
Andrew Langer
Institute for Liberty
 
Brian McClung
Minnesota Center-Right Coalition
 
Brandon Arnold
National Taxpayers Union
 
Lori Sanders
R Street
 
Paul Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation
 
David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
 
Mike Thompson
Thomas Jefferson Institute For Public Policy