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NRF: Senate should renew Trade Promotion Authority


Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) is publicly criticizing the Senate for blocking consideration of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which would renew Trade Promotion Authority. Trade Promotion Authority is legislation from Congress outlining objectives and oversight for trade negotiations between the U.S. and other countries.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate failed to begin consideration of trade legislation, including bipartisan legislation that would renew trade promotion authority,” said David French, senior VP government relations, NRF, in a statement. “Even with strong support in both parties and the backing of President Obama, job creation and capital investment took a back seat to those who could not rise above political gamesmanship. While we are frustrated by the vote, we remain committed to free and open trade that ultimately benefits American consumers, families, retailers and workers.

“We encourage President Obama, Majority Leader McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden to continue the fight on TPA.”

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