Policy Documents

Trade: The Best Way To Protect The Environment

Ana I. Eiras And Brett D. Schaefer –
September 27, 2001

Congress will soon consider H.R. 2149, the Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001. Trade promotion authority (TPA) enhances the President's ability to negotiate trade agreements by restricting agreements negotiate trade agreements by restricting agreements negotiated by the Administration to a straight up or down vote in Congress. TPA is important because it reassures America's trading partners that deals struck with America's trade negotiators will not be undone through congressional amendent. Without such assurances, many countries are unwilling to negotiate with the United States.