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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Isakson Statement on Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

"Provides for unprecedented Congressional oversight"

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, issued the following statement following final passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

“International trade supports 1.2 million jobs in Georgia. This bill is good for Georgia agriculture. It’s good for the Port of Savannah. It’s good for Georgia manufacturing and business. It’s a win-win-win.

“You can’t negotiate with all 535 individuals in Congress and expect healthy trade. This legislation provides for unprecedented congressional oversight of the trade agreement negotiating process and it bars agreements from making any changes to U.S. law without further congressional action. Under this legislation, Congress retains the authority to either approve any trade agreement, or to determine that an agreement will not benefit the United States and to vote it down. Without Congress setting out clear negotiating objectives, the president could negotiate a trade deal without Congressional input or oversight.”