July 18,2002

Grassley on the Trade Conference Chairman

Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, made the followingcomment on the naming of a chairman to lead the conference on House- and Senate-passedlegislation to grant Trade Promotion Authority to the President. Grassley is a conferee.

“I’m glad this procedural roadblock is out of the way. Now we can get the real work of theconference done. We need to get moving. Chairman Greenspan stated just this week how importantinternational trade is to our economic recovery. He’s right. Trade is a vital part of our economy. Andlet there be no mistake, our continued economic security is the backbone of our homeland security.There’s no time to waste. The President told me he wanted this bill on his desk yesterday. It’s tooimportant for Congress to delay.”