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Rep. Curbelo: Trade Promotion Authority Creates New Economic Opportunities for South Florida's “Gateway to the Americas”

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Washington, D.C., April 16, 2015 | comments

Washington, D.C.  Today, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement after it was announced that the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to advance free trade negotiations. 

“I applaud Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member Ron Wyden, and House Ways & Means Chairman Paul Ryan, for introducing this critical bill.  The new Trade Promotion Authority legislation will help the United States in establishing strong free trade agreements that will increase American exports and create new economic opportunities for our workers, farmers, and small businesses.

South Florida is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Americas,” and our community has seen first-hand just how beneficial increased trade is with other countries. This new legislation outlines clear objectives that current and future Administrations must follow when entering talks with foreign countries. I’m also pleased this bill will strengthen Congress’s role in the negotiation process by creating more transparency and allowing for procedures to hold the Administration accountable should they fail to meet TPA requirements.

It is my hope Congress can have a fair and open debate on Trade Promotion Authority and future free trade agreements so we can provide more economic opportunity for all Americans.”

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