Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) released the following statement the House passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation:
"Passing TPA is critical to reestablishing and asserting American leadership in the world. Our allies want to know that America is committed to trade and leading the global economy. They want to see proof that the foreign policy of the Obama Administration is a temporary aversion from America's traditional position of strength and engagement -- not a permanent one. Passage of TPA sends a strong signal that America is back on the world stage and ready to lead. Furthermore, this bill puts in place specific criteria that must be adhered to when negotiating trade agreements. It requires consistent consultation with Congress, and also requires trade agreements to be made public, so that the American people and Congress can evaluate them thoroughly. Currently, this president and administration are not obligated to follow these measures -- passing TPA changes that," said Congressman David Rouzer.
"Opening new markets for our businesses and farm families in Southeastern North Carolina is critical to economic growth here in the 7th Congressional District. TPA puts a process in place that makes it easier to open foreign markets to sell our products and create more jobs. Even more important, it means America will be writing the rules of the global economy -- not China."