Trade and National Security: Renewing US Leadership Through Economic Strength

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered a strong pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) April 23, saying the economic case for both deals is “overwhelming.”

A day earlier, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill granting the White House fast-track authority for future trade deals.

“We have an opportunity before us to shape and elevate the global rules of trade for decades to come,” Kerry said at the Atlantic Council. “In Congress, prominent leaders from both parties are poised to open that door. It is absolutely vital that we do everything to make sure we walk through that door together and get this job done.”

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Image: If approved by Congress, Trade Promotion Authority legislation would “fully respect and preserve the rights of Congress, but it will also give the President of the United States the flexibility that he has to have to negotiate credibly and effectively on our nation’s behalf,” US Secretary of State John F. Kerry said April 23 at the Atlantic Council. (