June 30, 2015
Thank you for contacting me about renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast track authority. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
I believe that Congress has a very important role to play in trade policy, and fast track authority has prevented Congress from playing that role. Fast track authority would give a presidential administration the power to unilaterally negotiate trade deals without any meaningful input from Congress, and then Congress would have to vote on whatever the administration agreed to without the ability to make any changes. That’s why I voted against the fast track bill in the Senate in May, and again in June.
The United States is currently negotiating two huge, complex trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Together, these two agreements would encompass a substantial portion of the global economy and of…