2014-07-18T020006Z_1_LYNXMPEA6H02W_RTROPTP_2_USA

Republicans up pressure for fast-track trade authority

United States Trade Representative Froman testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in WashingtonSome Republican lawmakers on Thursday threatened to withhold support for a Pacific trade pact unless Congress first passes legislation to ensure any deal will go to Congress for an up or down vote, without amendments. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the 23 Republican members of the House panel with jurisdiction over trade said Congress would not approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the United States is negotiating with 11 other countries if it did not meet lawmakers’ goals. So-called trade promotion authority (TPA) allows lawmakers to set priorities for trade deals and means Congress in return votes yes or no on agreements.

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