May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the tech sector and its leading companies, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield after the Senate voted to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA):

"The Senate has taken a major step to protect American workers and grow the economy in the decades to come by passing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). That's especially true in the digital age, where technology goods and services are a major export fueling our country's prosperity through global trade. Even as more software and services are being delivered digitally, U.S. technology companies in particular are facing new challenges overseas. TPA is needed to help break down the barriers that have been erected around the world to American tech products and services, and will ensure future trade agreements reflect how the Internet and technology have evolved our economy by prioritizing digital trade issues.

"All 50 states, and every one of the 435 congressional districts, are exporting technology hardware, software, and services – and all of them would feel the job creating benefits by expanding opportunities to trade. We thank Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden for their leadership to move this bill forward, and to the Senators who voted for TPA. Today's vote puts serious momentum behind TPA, and brings us one step closer to building a 21st century economy."

Expanding and modernizing trade of U.S. technology goods and services has been a top legislative priority for the tech sector and ITI earlier this week informed Senators it would score their votes on Trade Promotion Authority.

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Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment