WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued the following statement in response to the news that trade promotion authority legislation will be introduced today by Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden. Ambassador Kirk is a member of the Advisory Board of the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs.
"I'm pleased to see that the conversation is moving forward on Capitol Hill about ways to strengthen our economy and expand the market for Made In America goods. With 95 percent of the world's population living beyond our borders -- and other nations already making moves to set rules on trade without us -- we simply cannot afford to be left out of the discussion on trade.
"Giving President Obama trade promotion authority is an important first step in ensuring this great nation can establish effective trade agreements with our partners around the world. Trade promotion authority signals in no uncertain terms that the U.S. is negotiating in good faith when we are at the table with other nations, and that working together is the best way to set enforceable rules that encourage trade while protecting human rights, workers rights, and the environment. Done right, trade has the power to connect us more deeply to our global partners while expanding opportunities for working families here at home.
"The world is watching -- and other countries are prepared to act with or without America's input. It's critical that Congress acts quickly to pass trade promotion authority and clear the way for President Obama to move forward with modern trade agreements that will protect American jobs and American workers while promoting progressive values around the world."
The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs brings together progressives and Democrats committed to leveling the playing field for American workers and building a stronger economy for all of us.
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