TPA needed to complete Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

Ron Kirk told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that the Obama administration needs a renewal of trade promotion authority to complete the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told Members of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that the Obama Administration needs a renewal of trade promotion authority (TPA) to complete the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

TPA, which expired in 2007, gives the administration the authority to negotiate trade agreements and submit them to Congress for up-or-down votes. Kirk said the Obama Administration aims to get the TPP negotiations finished this year.

For more from the hearing at which Kirk testified, visit http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=281489.

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