Wyden Outlines Plan for TPA
April 11, 2014
On Wednesday, Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) outlined his vision for trade promotion authority (TPA) in a speech to the American Apparel and Footwear Association Conference. In his remarks, the Senator promoted an alternative to TPA he termed “smart-track,” that would hold negotiators more accountable to Congress and the American people. Wyden called for ongoing trade talks to result in agreements that are enforceable, combat practices that distort trade, promote digital trade, encourage environmental protections and fair labor practices, and open foreign markets while increasing U.S. exports. He pledged to work with his colleagues in the upcoming weeks to develop a proposal that reflects these objectives. The Senate plans to recess today for its two week spring break and will reconvene on April 28.
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