April 20,2015

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A Robust Trade Agenda to Help Move America Forward

Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Paves Way for In Depth Review of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sought by Republican and Democrat Administrations for decades, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has been essential to negotiating and implementing high-standard trade agreements which have benefited American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses with higher paying jobs, greater economic opportunity, and increased access for American products in international markets.

On April 16, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced legislation to renew this critical trade tool, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA 2015).

The bipartisan, bicameral measure was reported out of the Committee by a vote of 20-6 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

The House passed the legislation with a vote of 218-206 on June 18, 2015, and the Senate by a vote of 60-38 on June 24, 2015.  The bill (P.L. 114-26) was signed into lay by President Obama on June 29, 2015.

On October 5, 2015, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced that an agreement had been reached between the United States and 11 other nations - a trade block representing 40 percent of the global economy - to close the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

Here’s a look at Chairman Hatch’s work on America’s trade agenda, including TPA, TPP, and how TPA paves the way for a robust and transparent review of TPP:

April 16, 2015 Hatch, Wyden and Ryan Introduce Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

April 17, 2015 Obama Administration Backs Trade Promotion Authority

April 17, 2015 Strong Support for Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Bill

April 20, 2015 A Primer: Trade Promotion Authority

April 20, 2015 Widespread Support for Trade Promotional Authority: Administrations Past and Present

April 20, 2015 Widespread Support for Trade Promotion Authority: Agriculture Community

April 20, 2015 Widespread Support for Trade Promotion Authority: Thought Leaders and Think Tanks

April 20, 2015 Widespread Support for Trade Promotion Authority: Industries and Coalitions

April 20, 2015 Widespread Support for Trade Promotion Authority: American Job Creators

April 20, 2015 TPA Top-Line Talkers

April 21, 2015 Congressional Consultation is a TPA Cornerstone

April 21, 2015 Conservatives Back Tool that Restores Congressional Oversight of Trade Deals

April 21, 2015 A Trade Bill to Keep Congress in the Driver’s Seat

April 21, 2015 Chamber President Says TPA Equips Congress with Tools to Lead on Trade Policy

April 22, 2015 Conservative Support for TPA Builds

April 22, 2015 TPA – A Look at What Top Editorial Boards Across America are Saying

April 22, 2015 A Trade Bill to Help Curb Currency Manipulation

April 23, 2015 Finance Committee Advances 21st Century Trade Bill

April 23, 2015 TPA Drives High-Quality Trade Agreements, Not Immigration Law

May 4, 2015 Trade Promotion Authority: Just the Facts

May 7, 2015 TPA Guarantees Congress Always Has the Final Say on Trade Pacts

May 7, 2015 All You Need To Know About TPA

May 11, 2015 By the Numbers: What Trade Means for America

May 11, 2015 TPA Increases Transparency & Accountability in Trade Negotiations

May 12, 2015 Hatch Calls for the Senate to Begin Debate on American Trade Policy

May 12, 2015 Sen. Orrin Hatch: Trade authority gives Americans a voice

May 12, 2015 A Trade Tool for the 21st Century

May 12, 2015 Hatch: 11th Hour Demands from Democrats Leave Americans without a Voice on Trade

May 13, 2015 Hatch: Common Sense Prevails as Democrats Agree to Take up Trade Debate

May 14, 2015 Hatch Welcomes Senate Action on Bipartisan Trade Bills

May 14, 2015 Hatch: Open Debate on Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority

May 14, 2015 Expanded Trade: A Boon for American Agriculture

May 15, 2015 Trade Promotion Authority Continues to Garner Wide Support

May 18, 2015 TPA Advances Trade Interests of American Small Businesses

May 18, 2015 Hatch Calls on Senate to Pass Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority that Gives Congress and the American People a Voice on Trade

May 19, 2015 Hatch: TPA’s Unprecedented Transparency and Consultation Measures Give Congress and the Public Months to Review Trade Deals

May 19, 2015 ISDS: Just the Facts

May 19, 2015 TPA Guarantees Congress Always Has the Final Say on Trade Pacts

May 20, 2015 Hatch: Responsible Currency Amendment will Strengthen TPA Bill without Threatening Trade Deals

May 20, 2015 A Smart Approach to Curbing Currency Manipulation

May 20, 2015 From Buffalo to Sacramento, Newspapers Coast-to-Coast Call for Congress to Pass TPA

May 20, 2015 Trade Promotion Authority: A Trade Tool in Pictures

June 4, 2015 Time to Act on Trade

June 5, 2015 It's About Jobs

June 10, 2015 Hatch: Trade Enhances America's Security at Home and Influence Abroad

June 11, 2015 Hatch: Trade Promotion Authority Enhances Congress’ Role in Trade

June 11, 2015 Giving Americans a Voice

June 24, 2015 Hatch Makes Final Push to Move Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Across the Finish Line

June 24, 2015 Hatch Praises Senate Action on Bipartisan TPA Bill

June 25, 2015 Trade Promotion Authority - Then and Now

June 29, 2015 Hatch Says TPA Back on the Books Marks "Pivotal Moment" for Nation

July 29, 2015 American Innovation Deserves Strong Protection in TPP

August 3, 2015 Hatch Statement on TPP Trade Negotiations

October 5, 2015 Hatch Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

October 5, 2015 What TPA Means for TPP

October 7, 2015 Hatch Says TPP Must be Balanced, Hold Trading Partners Accountable & Meet Congressional Requirements

October 8, 2015 TPP: Time For Rigorous Review

November 4, 2015 Burden on the Administration to Show that TPP is a Good Deal

November 5, 2015 Hatch Statement on Administration's Notice to Sign Trans-Pacific Partnership

November 6, 2015 Hatch: Inadequate Intellectual Property Protections Could Complicate TPP Passage

December 4, 2015 Senate & House Customs Conferees to Hold Public Meeting

December 7, 2015 Hatch Statement at Customs Conference Meeting

December 9, 2015 Hatch, Brady, Wyden Announce Deal on Bipartisan Customs Legislation

February 3, 2016 Hatch Says Administration Signing TPP Just the Beginning

February 4, 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Rigorous Review Continues

February 10, 2016 Bipartisan Trade Bill Brings U.S. Customs System into 21st Century

February 11, 2016 Hatch Calls on Senate to Advance Bipartisan Customs Bill

February 11, 2016 Hatch Applauds Senate Action on Bipartisan Customs Legislation

February 24, 2016 With President’s Signature, Customs Legislation Becomes Law