Tuesday, July 10, 2018

USTR Lighthizer Welcomes Extension of Trade Promotion Authority

On July 2, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement about the extension of Trade Promotion Authority:

"The President is pleased that Congress has extended Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three more years, which he requested as part of his Trade Agenda. Extension of TPA is critical to negotiating accountable, enforceable and reciprocal trade deals that will benefit American workers, farmers and ranchers. The Trump Administration is pursuing a number of potential bilateral free trade agreements, and TPA extension means we may continue to aggressively pursue these opportunities."

TPA was set by the 2015 law to expire at the end of June, however the law also provided for extension through June 2021 if the President requests an extension and neither House of Congress adopts an extension disapproval resolution.

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