Ag Leaders Say TPA Needed For Advancing Trade Deals

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Ag group leaders are concerned about recent development regarding Trade Promotion Authority Legislation now in Congress. The measure also known as fast track allows the President to negotiate trade agreement with just an up or down vote by Congress. National Milk Producer Federation’s Chris Galen says TPA is critical to getting through a pair of FTAs they’re watching with interest.

Galen says what’s concerning about TPA is that now the Senate Majority Leader has expressed his opposition to the measure which is a sharp departure from what the White House wants.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Scott George says his group backs TPA and says trade is critical for all of agriculture.

Even though Senate leader Reid says he’s opposed to TPA, he didn’t go as far to say he would block a floor vote on the legislation. He did say everyone would be well advised to not push the issue right now.

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