January 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—ITI President and CEO Dean C. Garfield applauds the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) for introducing the Trade Priorities Act of 2014 (TPA).   Garfield stated today,

 “TPA is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it’s a jobs issue.  TPA is an essential tool for our trade negotiators as they work to forge market-opening trade agreements with other governments.  TPA would provide the U.S. with increased leverage with trading partners and would help level the playing field for American companies, generating more business abroad and more jobs here at home.  Growth opportunities through increased trade are critical to advancing innovation and competitiveness for the tech sector and the American economy. With TPA, Congress can give USTR a vital tool in the toolbox to address emerging digital trade issues, and firm direction that will be essential for achieving strong outcomes in future trade agreements.  We applaud today’s demonstration of congressional leadership, and look forward to working with Chairmen Baucus, Camp, Ranking Member Hatch, and their counterparts in the Congress.  Enactment of TPA early in 2014 is a top priority for our sector, and we urge Congress to pass TPA with strong bipartisan support.”