(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO, on the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation by the House of Representatives.
“GMA praises the House’s approval today of this legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority and appreciates the bipartisan support for this bill. We urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send a trade package to the President’s desk as quickly as possible.
“Updating and renewing TPA is a vital and necessary action to help the United States in negotiating historic agreements in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The negotiating objectives laid out in this bill will ensure that these agreements enable American businesses and workers to compete on a level playing field in the global economy. Passage of TPA is a critical step towards concluding trade agreements that will also strengthen regional integration across the Asia-Pacific region and deepen our strong economic relationship with Europe.”
“GMA is a strong and consistent advocate of free trade between the United States and its trading partners around the world. Ambitious trade agreements will help open the door to new markets for U.S. exports, boost U.S. economic growth, and support well-paying U.S. jobs.”
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.