As President Bush has made clear, this vote for TPA is a win for the American people and for our economy. The Authority to negotiate these agreements lapsed 8 years ago, and we have paid a price - America fell behind other nations.
I want to thank the House leadership and all the members who demonstrated with their vote the importance of trade for the workers in their districts and the American people. With TPA, we can get back to the crucial task at hand: growing markets to benefit our farmers, workers, and families.
Now we are on to the Senate, where we hope to secure a victory next week. We will then be poised, with the backing of Congress, to move on all fronts to advance the American trade agenda.
The TPA package already contains trade openings for the four Andean countries, Africa, and developing countries around the world. With TPA, we will be able to complete our Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Chile and Singapore in short order. Then we will initiate other FTA agreements and the President has already highlighted Central America and Morocco.
Just last week we put forward a far-reaching global agricultural reform proposal in the global trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization. TPA gives us the credibility and the ability to drive ahead those negotiations, which also cover other sectors such as services and manufacturing.
And we will push to complete negotiations regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas on the same aggressive time frame as the global talks.