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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council today thanked the Senate for passing and sending to the White House new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. 

The two dairy groups also praised Senate passage of complementary Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation to help those who lose jobs as a result of trade. They urged the House to quickly approve TAA and send it to the president as well.  

NMPF and USDEC said Trade Promotion Authority is crucial to negotiating a better deal for dairy farmers in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as in future free trade agreements. They urged the president to sign the bill, which passed the House last week, as soon as possible. 

The U.S. dairy industry has been a strong advocate for TPA,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “In turn, we have seen a broad level of support for TPA from many members of Congress in dairy districts and states. TPA now must be used by our negotiators to conclude a positive outcome for U.S. dairy producers in TPP so that we are able to realize the net trade benefits that a strong agreement could offer to the industry.”

The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council today thanked the House of Representatives for resuming progress on Trade Promotion Authority by sending stand-alone TPA legislation to the Senate.

The two groups pledged to keep working with both the House and Senate to enact TPA and the important complementary legislation, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). They said Trade Promotion Authority in particular is key to negotiating a better deal for dairy farmers in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership and future free trade agreements.

“Trade promotion authority is crucial to concluding trade agreements that will open foreign markets to more U.S. dairy products,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “In the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, getting TPA in place is essential to increasing pressure on Japan and Canada to improve their offers. It will signal that the United States is serious about trade negotiations.”

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Jim Mulhern
NMPF President
& CEO

 

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