Senate Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 23, 2015

I applaud senators from both parties who voted to ‎promote and protect our interests both at home and abroad by passing the Trade Promotion Authority bill. This bipartisan action was a major step that will enable our county complete the two most significant trade agreements in a generation. Those agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, are essential to America's economic security. They will open markets and level the playing field for American businesses and workers by creating higher standards abroad. They will promote prosperity and security at home and abroad by deepening partnerships with our closest allies.

The United States must be a strong leader on trade and I look forward to swift action on this pivotal legislation when the House of Representatives returns from recess.