Inside US Trade: Number Of House Lawmakers On Record As Criticizing TPA Swells To 162

February 17, 2015

The number of House Democrats and Republicans who have publicly voiced outright opposition or strong skepticism toward the renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has grown to 162, including 142 of the total 188 voting members of the House Democratic caucus.

[Reposted from Inside US Trade  |  February 12, 2015]

Among them are 128 returning members who signed onto a Nov. 12, 2013, letter from 150 voting House Democrats to President Obama that signaled strong skepticism toward TPA. While not opposing TPA as such, the letter expressed opposition to the 2002 TPA law and demanded that any future "fast-track" bill include a stronger role for Congress in shaping trade agreements.

The letter said this means Congress, not the executive branch, must determine when an agreement meets the objectives laid out in a fast-track law (Inside U.S. Trade, Nov. 15, 2013).

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