Hill Watch Alert
Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001 (H.R. 3005)
6, 2001, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Bipartisan
Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001 (H.R. 3005) (To view this bill,
The measure would give fast-track negotiating authority to the President
that would allow him to conclude trade agreements with other nations
and submit them to Congress for a quick up or down vote without amendment.
In the fast-paced
world of global trade and investment expansion, the United States (U.S.)
cannot be a major participant without fast-track authority to launch
new trade negotiations bilaterally, regionally, and multilaterally.
and 1993, Congress approved fast-track authority for the President repeatedly.
This quick form of approval proved successful for facilitating trade
negotiations while keeping Congress involved in the process and preserving
their ultimate authority to regulate trade. If the President does not
have fast-track authority to reach binding agreements to liberalize
trade in both directions (North and South), countries will not negotiate
seriously with the U.S. Free trade and American businesses have both
been hurt by the lack of fast-track authority.
Chile concluded separate bilateral free trade agreements with Mexico
and Canada, two members of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
apart from the United States. These agreements were made only after
Chile grew tired of waiting for fast track to allow it to pursue accession
to NAFTA. To date, Chile has still not concluded a similar trade agreement
with the U.S.
What Can You Do?
your representative to SUPPORT the Bipartisan Trade Promotion
Authority Act of 2001 (H.R. 3005).
Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers
will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out
who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Representative (last name):
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