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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

In the early days of the 114th Congress, there has been a renewed effort to consider and pass a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. TPA legislation would give Congress oversight authority during trade negotiations but only allows for an up-or-down vote on the final agreement with no amendments. TPA legislation was last enacted in 2002 and lapsed in 2007. Enactment of TPA legislation will be necessary for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (T-TIP) to be approved by Congress. 

The Latest News:
In April, both the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over trade issues approved the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. TPA-2015 includes new and expanded consultation provisions that enhance Congress’s power to oversee trade agreements before, during and after the negotiations. A timeline and requirements for trade agreements under TPA-2015 can be accessed here.

On May 14, the Senate agreed to start debate on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills in a final vote of 65-33. The Senate also passed the preferences bill in a vote of 97-1 and the customs and enforcement bill in a vote of 78-20.

On May 22, the Senate voted to pass TPA in a final vote of 62-37. Fourteen Democrats voted with 48 Republicans.

On June 18, the House voted to pass TPA in a final vote of 218 to 208.

IDFA press releases:

"IDFA Applauds House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Bill; Urges Swift Passage in Senate", June 18, 2015
"IDFA Applauds Bipartisan Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Bill", May 26, 2015
"IDFA Applauds House and Senate Committees for Advancing Trade Promotion Authority Bill", April 27, 2015
"IDFA Supports Bipartisan TPA Legislation; Urges Quick Passage", April 16, 2015
"Dairy Processors Commend President’s Remarks on TPA and U.S. Trade Agreements", January 21, 2015


For more information, contact Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, at bhughes@idfa.org.