The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed in the U.S. House with a narrow 218-208 victory and is now headed back to the Senate. The House vote decoupled TPA from Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA); the Senate had approved both bills as a package in May. TPA gives the president authority to negotiate trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership which enables better trade between Oregon and 11 other countries. The Senate is expected to vote as soon as next week.
Please take time today to call or send a note to Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader and thank them for voting yes and doing the right thing for Oregon jobs and the regional economy. You also can send a note of support to Senator Ron Wyden ahead of the next vote.
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 >>