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Letter of Support from 26 Conservative groups

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Washington, DC, June 12, 2015 | comments

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell:

On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, and limited government grassroots and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible.

TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda. Without it, there is little hope that this Congress will make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support.

TPA gives the executive branch the authority needed to finalize trade agreements, while Congress retains a robust amount of control, oversight, and transparency; ultimately Congress has an up-or-down vote on every specific trade agreement.

By definition, the term of this TPA will extend beyond the current administration and into the next one—the goal here is to advance America’s free trade agenda this century, and not to be mired in the stalled trade failures of the recent past.

We believe that tariffs are taxes on trade, and ultimately would like to see a world free of government interference in international commerce. Passing TPA is a necessary step toward getting the ball rolling on that long term policy goal, and we therefore urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority.

Sincerely, Amy Noone Frederick 60 Plus Association

Dick Patten, American Business Defense Council

Phil Kerpen, American Commitment

Dan Schneider, American Conservative Union

Stephen DeMaura, Americans for Job Security

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Kevin Waterman, Annapolis Center-Right Coalition

Jeffrey L. Mazzella, Center for Individual Freedom

Chip Faulkner, Citizens for Limited Taxation

Iain Murray, Competitive Enterprise Institute

April Ponnuru, Conservative Reform Network

Thomas A. Schatz, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Steven J. Duffield, Crossroads GPS

Katie McAuliffe, Digital Liberty

Brian Baker, Ending Spending

George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom

Louie Hunter, Georgia Center Right Coalition

Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti, Institute for Policy Innovation

Brian McClung, Minnesota Center -Right Coalition

Brandon Arnold, National Taxpayers Union

Lorenzo Montanari, Property Rights Alliance

Lori Sanders, R Street

Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundation

David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Mike Thompson, Thomas Jefferson Institute For Public Policy 

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