GA Chamber Commends 8 GA Congressional Republicans for Trade Promotion Authority Vote

June 17, 2015

In  a letter to the editor submitted to Peach Pundit, Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said Georgia’s congressmen who voted for the Trade Promotion Authority deserve a round of applause.

Clark writes:

Georgia’s economy continues to grow in large part because of our ability to leverage our state’s location, ports, and international airport to export goods around the world.  Job-creating industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and food processing rely on global sales to make the profits that allow them to create jobs and invest in new and expanded facilities.

Trade Promotion Authority puts the United States on an even playing field when negotiating trade agreements with other nations in a way that includes an important check-and-balance between the President and the Congress.  It is a proven formula that has worked effectively for over 40 years.  Ending it now will without question have a detrimental impact on our economy by limiting our ability to reach global markets and putting the 1.2 million Georgia jobs that depend on international trade at risk.

For the record: Congs.  Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Tom Graves, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Tom Price, Austin Scott and Rob Woodall were the yes votes.

The rest of the letter is below the fold.

While the final outcome remains to be seen, Congressmen Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Tom Graves, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Tom Price, Austin Scott and Rob Woodall should be commended for their support of Trade Promotion Authority on Friday.

Georgia’s economy continues to grow in large part because of our ability to leverage our state’s location, ports, and international airport to export goods around the world.  Job-creating industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and food processing rely on global sales to make the profits that allow them to create jobs and invest in new and expanded facilities.

Trade Promotion Authority puts the United States on an even playing field when negotiating trade agreements with other nations in a way that includes an important check-and-balance between the President and the Congress.  It is a proven formula that has worked effectively for over 40 years.  Ending it now will without question have a detrimental impact on our economy by limiting our ability to reach global markets and putting the 1.2 million Georgia jobs that depend on international trade at risk.

The Georgia Chamber thanks Congressmen Allen, Carter, Graves, Hice,  Loudermilk, Price, Scott, and Woodall for their vote on this critical measure, and we remain hopeful that the Authority will receive final approval in the near future.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Clark
President and CEO
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

GA Peach Pundit

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