After House Vote, AAFA Urges New Action on TPA, TAA

American Apparel & Footwear Association president and CEO Juanita D. Duggan spoke out regarding the House vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA):

"We are extremely disappointed the House did not approve the trade package containing TPA. The inability to pass TPA puts conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) in jeopardy.

"These trade agreements are important to the U.S. apparel and footwear industry and its growth because they can help open new markets to U.S. clothing and shoe companies and our four million U.S. workers. In this global economy, we cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while other countries negotiate trade agreements that exclude us.

"We urge congressional leaders to regroup on the TPA legislation so that it can be quickly reconsidered. At the same time, we urge the Senate to complete work on the trade preferences legislation passed by the House. Quick action on that measure is needed to restore stability in the trade preference programs and foster long term partnerships with countries in Haiti, Africa, and the developing world.”

The House passed The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 which includes extension of the Haiti HELP/HOPE program, a 10-year renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and renewal and update of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

However, on June 16 the House approved a six-week extension to reconsider TAA.

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