TRADE in ACTION

  • TTIP Action | April 14

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    MEPs are debating several hundred proposed amendments to TTIP this week at the European Parliament in Brussels.

    Speeches & Official Announcements

    11.7 Million Reasons to Lead on Trade

    "Currently, around 300,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across the 50 states export to foreign destinations, supporting millions of American jobs. Impressive as they are, these figures only scratch the surface. With 95 percent of the world's customers living outside of US borders, there is enormous potential for our businesses - and small businesses in particular - to grow their exports, hire more American workers, and expand their bottom lines."

    US Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker note that 11.7 million American jobs were supported by exports in 2014, with...

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  • TTIP Action | April 7

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    US Trade Representative Announces New Obama Administration Accomplishments in Reducing Barriers to American Exports

    "As the 2015 National Trade Estimate Report reveals, the Obama Administration is working around the clock to fight unwarranted barriers to our exports around the world, and we've racked-up significant accomplishments in protecting the benefits that trade delivers for the American people." - Michael Froman

    The National Trade Estimate Report, released by Michael Froman last week, presents a list of foreign obstacles affecting US exports as well as the USTR's efforts to reduce those obstacles in America's largest export markets, including 58 countries, the European Union, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In the last year, changes both positive and negative, in barriers in US export markets have occurred in China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Saudi...

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  • TTIP Action | April 1

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    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter makes remarks at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference at the State Department in Washington, March 26, 2015. He used the occasion to underline the importance of global trade to international peace, prosperity, and US global leadership.

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    Secretary of Defense: Trade Enhances US Security

    "By underwriting and accelerating economic growth, new trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership stand to help restore our nation's fiscal health and reverse dangerous defense cuts that are threatening our military readiness and technological edge." - Ashton Carter

    The US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, stressed the close connection...

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  • TTIP Action | March 26

    Speeches & Official Announcements

    Secretary Kerry's Speech at the SelectUSA Investment Summit

    "The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are two of the three biggest free trade agreements ever contemplated. And together, they would be an unprecedented step towards a more integrated investment regime that would advance our shared prosperity agenda." - John Kerry

    The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, stressed the great potential of TPP and TTIP, while acknowledging the flaws of some previous US free trade agreements. Kerry pointed out, however, that each trade deal has benefited American workers and companies. He noted that TPP and TTIP would bring about closer regional integration and foster stronger regulations and standards across the Pacific and the Atlantic. In addition to leveling the playing field for US companies, both agreements would also align the geostrategic objectives of the United States...

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  • TTIP Action | March 24

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    Malmström and Froman Discuss Way Forward with TTIP

    "We have made considerable progress today on how to move further in our negotiations in the field of services, and how to move towards new offers before the tenth round. Both sides have shown a good understanding of each other's sensitivities." - Cecilia Malmström

    EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman discussed current progress in TTIP negotiations as well as the agendas for the two upcoming negotiation rounds. They issued a joint statement discussing the important role of public services in the United States and the European Union. Malmström added that she was encouraged by the strong TTIP support shown by EU Heads of State and Government in the European Council. (...

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    Speeches & Official Announcements

    Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland After Bilateral Meeting

    "There are terrific opportunities for us to further collaborate in creating jobs both in the United States and in Ireland....

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  • TTIP Action | March 17

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    Yes, Reagan Used Trade Promotion Authority

    "Our commitment to free trade is undiminished. We will vigorously pursue our policy of promoting free and open markets in this country and around the world. We will insist that all nations face up to their responsibilities of preserving and enhancing free trade everywhere." - President Reagan's 1985 remarks calling for negotiating authority legislation.

    The Committee on Ways and Means writes that every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has had some mechanism like TPA to help advance America's trade agenda. While some have asserted that Reagan did not have or need TPA to expand trade, that is a myth. President Reagan had TPA for nearly the entirety of his presidency and used it to sign trade agreements with Israel and Canada and launch the Uruguay Round of...

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  • TTIP Action | March 12

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    Speeches & Official Announcements

    Trade Deals Tear Down Barriers for American Small Businesses

    "Once we pass TPA, other countries will put their best offers on the table. In other words, they'll tear down even more barriers to American businesses and level the playing field even more."

    The Committee on Ways and Means writes that small businesses have the most to gain from tearing down trade barriers. Tariffs, quotas, and red tape are harder for smaller producers to overcome than for bigger firms. These barriers mean American job creators get bogged down trying to fill out piles of paperwork, or their goods get held up in maddeningly slow customs procedures. (Committee on Ways and Means)

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  • TTIP Action | March 10

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    Speeches & Official Announcements

    Remarks by President Obama and European Council President Donald Tusk before Bilateral Meeting

    "When it comes to TTIP [...] we have strong arguments. Of course we need to advance the negotiations, for sure, and we have to convince our public opinion on both sides of the Atlantic. but we have strong arguments and I believe 2015 will push forward this process, because, in fact, TTIP is not only about trade but also about the chance of jobs. And also, it's about political security for our population." - President Donald Tusk

    US President Obama welcomed Donald Tusk, European Council President, to the White House. In brief remarks ahead of their talks, Obama stated that Transatlantic unity is as strong as it has ever been, and singled out the US and Europe's united stance on the...

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  • TTIP Action | March 3

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    Trade Pacts Will Strengthen Our National Security

    "Trade agreements will strengthen our national security because they demonstrate our commitment, support US values, and rebuild our credibility"
    The Committee on Ways and Means published an argument for why strengthening US trade ties would benefit national security and enhance American leadership. The more US cooperates with its allies, the less dependent these allies will be on US rivals. Moreover, trade agreements show other countries that the US is a trustworthy partner and encourage these countries to adopt American values of
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