McConnell Statement on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority. With House passage last week, the legislation now goes to the White House for the President’s signature:
“A new Congress that’s back to work for the middle class just notched another win for everyone who cares about strengthening American paychecks, American jobs, and the American economy. Achieving this positive outcome was never going to be easy, but it proves that the power of a good idea, no matter where it comes from, can win out over the stasis of gridlock. That’s why Republicans were glad to accept President Obama’s support in advancing a principle we’ve long believed in — that we ought to show our support for American workers by knocking down unfair foreign trade barriers that discriminate against products stamped ‘Made in the USA.’ We’re grateful for the President’s efforts to help us move this idea forward, and we applaud him for speaking truth-to-power to his base.
“The legislation that will soon be signed into law will rightly enhance Congress’ oversight over both the administration and the trade negotiation process as it moves forward, and it will also ensure our ability to scrutinize and render a verdict on any trade deal inked by this administration or the next one. That’s a common-sense outcome for our country, and it’s another bipartisan achievement for the new Congress.”
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