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GMA Commends Senate Approval of TPA Legislation, Pushes for Quick Executive Approval

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

office: 202-295-3954 / 202-639-5994

(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation by the United States Senate.

“The passage of TPA is a significant step towards the advancement of American trade relationships and our economic health enabling U.S. businesses and workers across industries to compete on a global level. This legislation will enable the United States to seek the most ambitious, high standard trade agreements that will support well-paying jobs and promote job creation, open new markets for U.S. exports, and stimulate economic growth throughout the country.

“GMA applauds the Senate’s approval today of bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority. We look forward to the trade package being signed by President Obama later this week.”


Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. 

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.  

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.