Volume 91 Issue 10 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 11, 2013

The President’s Trade Authority

Pending deals with Asia, Europe spur action on restoring President Obama’s ability to act on free-trade agreements
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: trade promotion authority, free-trade agreements

The White House trade office says it will work with Congress this year to pass legislation to renew President Barack Obama’s authority to conclude new free-trade agreements under a streamlined fast-track process.

Trade promotion authority, a power granted to the President by Congress, expired in 2007. It allows the President to submit trade pacts to Congress for an up or down vote without any amendments. The authority has long been considered essential to assuring other . . .

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