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Hey Congress! Trump Requested TPA Renewal

Written by  Monday, 26 March 2018 18:42

Trade policy all the way to 2021 rests on whether or not Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is extended. The bad news is President Trump just took steps to extend it. On March 21, 2018, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) announced President Trump’s request for the extension of TPA.

TPA, also known as “fast track,” limits Congress to a single vote on trade agreements without amendment. All they get is an up or down vote. It allows the President to follow through with the negotiation process and hurries along the process of entering into massive trade agreements. It ensures that trade agreements are not amended by Congress. We’ve seen this in the past with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and now with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 
 
Of course, those pushing for world government yearn for speedy agreements with no discussion. Substantial trade agreements could be pushed through without anyone involved even knowing what hit them. But there is still hope to get rid of the TPA extension and if we act with confident synergy it can still expire on July 1. If Congress does nothing though, it will be extended through July 1, 2021. The Hill gives warning about the implications of TPA staying alive: 
 
This means that the United States’ ability to enter into trade agreements — including a renegotiated NAFTA — after July 1 could be nearly impossible unless TPA is extended. Trading partners would be wary to commit to a trade agreement knowing that Congress could later add amendments or perpetually delay implementing the agreement. 
 
With President Trump wanting the TPA to be extended, is he making the statement that he is for NAFTA? It sure hints that he aims to push NAFTA through, and even possibly support other pending trade deals. However, if the House or the Senate pass an extension disapproval resolution before July 1, 2018 TPA can be left to expire. 
 
Larry Greenley reported at TheNewAmerican.com that “Congress should reassert its constitutional authority, under Article I, Section 8, Clause 3, of regulating commerce with foreign nations by ending TPA. If [it does so] ... and if there is no new NAFTA agreement before July 1, then any new NAFTA agreement finalized after July 1 would face many barriers to approval by Congress. ... the new NAFTA agreement would be subject to debate, the likelihood of myriad amendments in both House and Senate, and filibuster in the Senate .... Stopping congressional approval of a renegotiated NAFTA would set the stage for influencing Congress to get the U.S. completely out of NAFTA. Withdrawal from the disastrous NAFTA treaty would be a tremendous victory for the American people and our national sovereignty.”
 
Who better to make that happen than you and fellow members of The John Birch Society? Phone your representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121) and tell them to protect American independence from such foreign entanglements as NAFTA by introducing and winning support for an extension disapproval resolution for TPA. 
 
Take Action: 
  1. Are you involved in a JBS chapter? “Birching” can be more effective with a group of like-minded individuals. Contact your coordinator today to learn about opportunities in your area! 
  2. Stay informed by reading The New American’s recent article: “Congress Can Stop the NAFTA Redo by Nixing TPA Renewal.
  3. Support an extension disapproval resolution for TPA! Phone your representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121) and tell them to pass an extension disapproval resolution! Follow up with an email
 
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