Seniors Group Endorses TPA Bill

Jim Martin: “Economic trade is central to creating jobs and growing our economy, issues of great concern to seniors as both consumers and investors.”

(Alexandria, Virginia) — The 60 Plus Association, America’s largest right-leaning seniors organization representing more than 7.2 million older Americans, today endorsed efforts to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, legislation that will renew our nation’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and set a framework for stronger, more transparent trade deals with world trading partners.

Said 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, “Trade deals don’t typically grab the glamorous headlines, but they are a critically important component of our nation’s economic health and vitality.

“The current legislation proposed on Capitol Hill restores the Constitutional mandate requiring Congress to review and consent to international arrangements with our trading partners. More than this, it ensures that the wisdom of both the executive and legislative branches of our government work hand in hand to see that America negotiates the best agreements on behalf of job creation, economic growth and the best interests of American consumers.

“With this new bill, America can speak with one, unified voice to our trading partners, which is essential in guaranteeing the U.S. negotiates the best possible trade agreements and remains a leader in setting the rules for international trade most beneficial to our farmers, ranchers and manufacturers. Accessing new markets across the globe is the key to more jobs and building our economy, and this bill is a critical piece in achieving these important goals.

“Seniors count on our elected leaders to create an environment that strengthens the U.S. economy for the long-term, and we deeply appreciate the work Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have done to renew and restore America as a leader on the world stage of economic trade.”