(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey supporting the introduction by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) of bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
“GMA welcomes the introduction today of bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority and urges Congress to pass it at the earliest opportunity.
“With the United States currently negotiating historic agreements in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, renewing TPA as soon as possible will help ensure these agreements enable American businesses and workers to compete on a level playing field in the global economy.
“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.