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May 20, 2015

Western Growers Urges Senators to Pass TPA bill without Controversial Amendments


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Western Growers urges Senators to oppose controversial or “poison pill” amendments to Trade Promotion Authority legislation as the Senate approaches completion of considering this legislation. Approval of such amendments will only serve to prolong debate and imperil the chances of passage.

Western Growers CEO and President Tom Nassif said, “The produce industry is looking to members of both parties to pass TPA legislation. Inclusion of amendments would jeopardize passage and actually hinder the efforts of U.S. negotiators.”

Western Growers has joined other agriculture and business organizations asking Senators to oppose amendments requiring enforceable currency provisions in trade agreements and Congressional approval before talks could begin with new Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.