Contact: Peggy Armstrong
Statement by IDFA Senior Group Vice President Clay Hough
(Washington, D.C. – May 26, 2015) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today released the following statement in response to the Senate passing “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill.
“We applaud the Senate for working together in a bipartisan manner to advance the TPA-2015 bill. We encourage the House to take up the legislation and pass it as soon as possible.
“Trade Promotion Authority is critical to ensuring that the U.S. dairy industry receives greater market access from the two trade agreements currently under negotiation – the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”
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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C, represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA is a member of the Trade Benefits America Coalition.
About the Trade Benefits America Coalition
The Trade Benefits America Coalition includes a wide range of associations and companies that are dedicated to the pursuit of U.S. international trade agreements that benefit American businesses, farmers, workers and consumers. The Coalition believes that passage of modernized Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is important to help ensure America continues to benefit from trade. For more information on the importance of enacting a modernized TPA to help support U.S. growth and jobs, visit the Trade Benefits America Coalition website at www.tradebenefitsamerica.org.