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June 10, 2015

Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of TPA


June 10, 2015

Dear Members of the House of Representatives:

On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, limited government grassroots, and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.

The Senate has already acted to move forward with this important piece of legislation and now it is time for the House to do the same. TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda. Without it, there is little hope that this Congress can make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.

The Senate-passed TPA bill gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, with Congress retaining a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency. Ultimately, Congress will have an up-or-down vote on every specific trade agreement.

By definition, the term of this TPA will extend beyond the current administration and into the next one. The goal of TPA is to advance America’s free trade agenda this century, and not to be mired in the stalled trade failures of the recent past.

We believe that tariffs are taxes on trade, and ultimately would like to see a world free of government interference in international commerce. Passing TPA is a necessary step toward getting the ball rolling on that long term policy goal, and we therefore urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority.


David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Amy Noone Frederick
60 Plus Association

Dan Greenberg
Advance Arkansas Institute

Phil Kerpen
American Commitment

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

Jeff Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom

Keith Pauley
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

Tom Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Iain Murray
Competitive Enterprise Institute

April Ponnuru
Conservative Reform Network

Steven J. Duffield
Crossroads GPS

Katie McAuliffe
Digital Liberty

George Landrith
Frontiers of Freedom

Louie Hunter
Georgia Center Right Coalition

Andrew Langer
Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
Institute for Policy Innovation

Pete Sepp
National Taxpayers Union

Lorenzo Montanari
Property Rights Alliance

Lori Sanders
R St. Institute

Paul J. Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Karen Kerrigan
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council


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