Passage of Trade Promotion Bill Underscores Congress Is Back to Work for the American People
‘Passing trade wasn’t the first bipartisan achievement of the new Congress. I know it won’t be the last. But it’s significant. It opens the door to more wins for the Middle Class as trade negotiations move forward under this President and the next one.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passage of bipartisan trade legislation:
“The road to yesterday’s win for the Middle Class on TPA was never going to be an easy one.
“It was hardly a quick one.
“We always knew that was going to be the case. But I thought we owed it to the working men and women of our country to push ahead anyway.
“So we did. Through every bump and every twist along the way, Republicans and Democrats held together.
“In achieving something that can open more opportunities for working families, we proved the growing power of good ideas in the new Republican Congress.
“In passing legislation that can facilitate the lowering of barriers and the lifting up of our workers in the 21st Century, we proved this is a new Congress that’s back to work on behalf of the American people.
“Passing trade wasn’t the first bipartisan achievement of the new Congress. I know it won’t be the last.
“But it’s significant. It opens the door to more wins for the Middle Class as trade negotiations move forward under this President and the next one.
“I thank everyone who worked with us to get here, on both sides of the aisle.
“It’s thanks to continued cooperation and no end of determination that we were able to achieve another important accomplishment for the country.”
Related Issues: Jobs, Economy, Back to Work, Restoring the Senate, Middle Class, Trade Promotion Authority, Free Trade