U.S. economy needs trade promotion authority

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Last month, the U.S. Senate delivered a major victory to the administration's push to expand free and fair trade when it voted to approve trade promotion authority for President Barack Obama.

Now, as the House takes up the issue, it will be critical for congressional leaders from both parties to come together to advance this legislation and enable the president to negotiate tough trade agreements that help power our economy and strengthen protections for our workers, our jobs and the environment. For evidence of how trade and the economy are connected, we don't need to look any further than our state.

The Texas economy has led while others have faltered, in no small part due to our strong trade presence in markets around the world. In 2014, Texas businesses exported a whopping $289 billion to world markets - far outstripping the nearest contender, California.