On June 29, President Obama signed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill into law. This milestone follows a successful 60-38 vote in the U.S. Senate, which marked final congressional approval for TPA, a major victory for our statewide economy. Oregon is one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation with nearly half a million jobs connected to international trade. This new authority given to President Obama will enable him to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP will set the framework for trade between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, bringing more business and jobs to Oregon.
Congressional negotiations on TPA were led by Oregon’s Senator Wyden and received the support of U.S. House Representatives Blumenauer, Bonamici, Walden and Schrader. They all did the right thing for Oregon jobs and for the regional economy.
Please take the time to call or send a note to Senator Ron Wyden and House Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader and thank them for voting yes. U.S. House contact information can be found here.
Throughout 2015, Portland Business Alliance, PNITA, Port of Portland and other partners will raise awareness for Oregon’s strength in global markets and for the state’s dependence on trade to fuel the economy and family-wage jobs. The campaign coincides with congressional consideration of several trade-related measures, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trade Promotion Authority. This web page will regularly list information about the specific impact of trade to our region’s vitality, educational events and trips, and proposed trade legislation. Read the press release.
To support efficient trade for Oregon, please ask your elected officials to support trade-related measures in Congress. Find your elected official.
One of the Portland Business Alliance’s main areas of focus is supporting the region’s international trade activity. The Alliance does this through its affiliate organization, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. For more information about the Alliance's international trade efforts or the Pacific Northwest Internation Trade Association, contact Doug Badger, PNITA Executive Director, by email or call 503.260.3235.
The Portland Business Alliance, PNITA and the Port of Portland advocate for federal policies and legislation and international trade agreements that make Oregon businesses and employees more competitive in global markets. In the coming year, the Administraton and Congress will be urged to work together to approved four trade-related items. Read more >>
In order to strengthen the region's trade relationships, PNITA and the Alliance organize trade missions to strategic trade partner countries. To date, the Alliance and PNITA have conducted trade missions to Brazil, Germany and China and is planning a trip to United Kingdom & France in 2015. Read more >>
For details about past or future missions, read more on the trade missions blog.
PNITA and the Alliance in partnership with the Value of Jobs Coalition have commissioned several reports about international trade and its importance to the Portland-metro and Oregon economies. Along with these reports, there are also several reports that have been produced by our partners. Read more >>