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Time Running Out For Trade Promotion Authority

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Time is running out for federal lawmakers to decide whether or not the President should be able to submit simplified trade deals to Congress.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley told reporters earlier this week that President Obama will need to phone reluctant Democrats in the Senate if he has any hope of securing trade promotion authority (TPA) from federal lawmakers.

Congress must agree to grant the executive branch trade promotion authority; deals that U.S. negotiators broker can then pass through Congress on up or down votes without amendments.

For trading partners, it’s an added assurance that a hard-won deal won’t be changed later.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is also urging farmers and agribusinesses to personally lobby Congress for TPA. He says Democratic votes will become harder to pick up as the presidential campaign season draws near.