House Ways & Means trade subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) last week indicated that efforts to build congressional support for a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or fast-track bill are facing challenges due to a more vocal opposition movement bolstered in part by social media and the notion among some Republicans that passing TPA amounts to ceding undue authority to the president, according to informed sources.
[Reposted from Inside US Trade | February 17, 2015]
But Tiberi also expressed optimism that Congress will be able to pass TPA despite these challenges, especially given the push by President Obama to garner votes for getting it done, sources said.
He spoke during a closed-door meeting of business representatives last week at which administration officials also provided an update of their efforts to build support for TPA through a task force led by National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients.
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