Dear Members of the House of Representatives:
On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, limited government grassroots, and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.
The Senate has already acted to move forward with this important piece of legislation and now it is time for the House to do the same. TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda. Without it, there is little hope that this Congress can make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.
The Senate-passed TPA bill gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, with Congress retaining a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency. Ultimately, Congress will have 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 of TPA 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,David WilliamsTaxpayers Protection Alliance Amy Noone Frederick60 Plus Association Dan GreenbergAdvance Arkansas Institute Phil KerpenAmerican Commitment Grover NorquistAmericans for Tax Reform Jeff MazzellaCenter for Individual Freedom Keith PauleyCardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy Tom SchatzCouncil for Citizens Against Government Waste Iain MurrayCompetitive Enterprise Institute April PonnuruConservative Reform Network Steven J. DuffieldCrossroads GPS Katie McAuliffeDigital Liberty George LandrithFrontiers of Freedom Louie HunterGeorgia Center Right Coalition Andrew LangerInstitute for Liberty Tom GiovanettiInstitute for Policy Innovation Pete SeppNational Taxpayers Union Lorenzo MontanariProperty Rights Alliance Lori SandersR St. Institute Paul J. GessingRio Grande Foundation Karen KerriganSmall Business & Entrepreneurship Council