The administration is asking Congress to pass legislation on trade promotion authority. TPA is what gives the President authority to negotiate trade agreements with just an up or down vote of Congress. Nebraska Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator Jordan Dux says it’s not a Republican Democrat issue but something that is important to give the President so trade deals can go forward.
Dux says Congress has their plate full now trying to approve a new five year farm bill, pass immigration reform and deal with tax issues but is hoping they’ll make time for TPA.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp says he’s not sure his committee will have a bill ready before the August recess. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he plans to offer a bill in the near future.