An official with the Nebraska Farm Bureau says he’d back Congress passing a bill on what’s called “trade promotion authority” or TPA.
It would give the president the power to negotiate trade deals with just an up or down vote of Congress.
Jordan Dux, the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s national affairs coordinator, says it’s not a Republican or Democratic issue but something important so trade deals can go forward.
“When you bring these free trade agreements to the floor of Congress, you normally would have issues as with any piece of legislation,” Dux says. “Everyone has a different thought on it and a different idea as to what needs to be in there so this helps.”
Dux says members of Congress have full plates now trying to approve a new five-year farm bill, pass immigration reform and deal with tax issues but he’s hoping they’ll make time for TPA.
“It’s a big issue for us but trying to find that time on the schedule will be challenging, but at least they’re working on it and trying to work through some of these things,” Dux says.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp says he’s not sure his committee will have a trade promotion authority bill ready before the August recess. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he plans to offer a TPA bill in the near future.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton