Woodall Statement On Trade Promotion Authority Passage
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement regarding his support of the House-passed measure regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The language mandates Congressional consultation and approval of any trade deal negotiated by the President, while also requiring the text of a completed agreement to be published at least 60 days prior to consent.
“All Americans want America’s economy to be the finest in the world, but for too long, America has been on the sidelines as other nations grew their trade and grew their economies,” said Rep. Woodall. “Now, for the first time in his presidency, President Obama is indicating that he wants to get America back on the field. I say better late than never. Responsible free-trade in the global marketplace grows the American economy and benefits American workers.”
“That being said, America’s trust in this President is at a historic low. Neither Democrats nor Republicans in Congress are willing to hand him the reins. That is why I am pleased that today the House passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA creates a process to allow the President’s team to negotiate on behalf of America while prohibiting the President from shutting out Congress or the American people along the way. For the first time ever, TPA will require that Congress and the American people have at least 60 days to review the text of any agreement, and also prohibit any agreement from beginning until Congress approves it. TPA is not – nor does it approve – a specific trade agreement, but it is a mechanism to ensure that irrespective of the President’s efforts, only Congress and the American people will have the final say on what is good for America.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.