Manufacturers need to redouble their efforts to push forward on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)!
Groups opposed to TPA are aggressively contacting Congress to block this bill. Manufacturers need to make sure Congress hears your voice too! With the Senate continuing to debate TPA this week and Members of Congress back in their districts starting on May 23, now is the time activate your grassroots network, conduct employee outreach and alert your supply chain!
Please take action today and ensure support for this critical legislation by:
• Setting up a local meeting with your Member of Congress to discuss TPA during the Memorial Day recess (May 23 – 31)
• Inviting Members of Congress to visit your facilities to talk about TPA during the Memorial Day recess
• Calling your local Senate and House of Representatives offices urging support for TPA
• Writing letters to your Senators and House Members urging support for TPA
• Placing an Op-Ed (NAM can assist with templates and drafts)
• Place calls to House district offices urging support for TPA
• Participating in Town Hall meetings (NAM can assist with questions)
For more information, visit our website
Director, International Trade Policy
TPA is a longstanding and proven procedural partnership between Congress and the Executive Branch that facilitates negotiation and approval of trade agreements that open markets for manufacturers in the United States. It enables Congress to set trade negotiating objectives and increases Congress’s power to shape and influence deals.
As detailed in NAM’s Trading Up with TPA
report, trade agreements negotiated under TPA are delivering for manufacturers and their employees. America’s 20 existing trade agreement partners account for less than ten percent of the global economy but purchased nearly half of all U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2014. TPA authority must be renewed quickly to ensure America leads in opening new markets and eliminating foreign barriers.
The United States enjoys a $55 billion manufacturing trade surplus with its trade agreement partners, compared with a nearly $580 billion deficit with other countries.