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Amodei: Arguments opposing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) no longer resemble reality

June 18, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact:        Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) voted in favor of legislation referred to as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would set parameters and restrictions on the negotiations of a free trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and provide for an up or down vote on the resulting agreement. The TPA bill has been available to the public online for more than a month ( http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/RYANWI_03761715141607167.pdf). It passed the House today 218 to 208. He released the following statement:

“Contrary to what some would have you believe, a vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is not a vote for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will be negotiated based on the guidance contained in TPA. For once, this is not an executive overreach. The President is within his Constitutional authority to negotiate international agreements. TPA is Congress’ legal opportunity to direct those negotiations. With the passage of TPA, Congress will have the opportunity to approve or reject the TPP on its merits, for which a strong case can be made.

“Free trade is a Ronald Reagan, bedrock conservative principle, which produces numerous jobs for Nevadans and increases their purchasing power. Unfortunately, it is a testament to the credibility, or the lack thereof, of this Administration and this Congress that something as pro-growth and pro-jobs as free trade, not to mention Constitutional authority and Congressional oversight, are meeting a campaign of skepticism and misinformation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, skepticism of your federal government is both healthy and warranted. I understand it completely. But with all due respect to the pundits and bloggers, your arguments opposing TPA no longer resemble reality.

“As a guy who represents a district with free trade zone status, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, cattle, minerals and gaming, I am going to side with the 134,400 Nevadans whose jobs are supported by trade with TPP countries and directly impacted by this TPA. Given the choice, I am happy to vote opposite of Nancy Pelosi on this issue and feel we have done our homework to make a decision based on sound policy and not on the commercial spin culture.”   

A “Who’s Who” of conservative legal minds agree, the TPA is not executive overreach:

Ed Meese, former Reagan attorney general:“The concern some lawmakers have expressed, that TPA would somehow diminish American sovereignty, is misplaced. If anything, the opposite is true.”

Judge Robert Bork:“The sovereignty issue, in particular, is merely a scarecrow. Under our constitutional system, no treaty or international agreement can bind the United States if it does not wish to be bound. Congress may at any time override such an agreement or any provision of it by statute.”

John Yoo, law professor:“But critics are missing the mark by confusing fast track with Obama’s executive power grabs. Fast track does not delegate any power to the executive branch.”

Daniel Ikenson, Cato Institute: “Trade Promotion Authority is not an executive power grab.”

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