House Approves TPA Renewal, but Final Vote to Come Next Week

On a vote of 219 to 211, the House of Representatives approved renewal of trade promotion authority (TPA), which is included in H.R. 1314. However, the vote came a short time after House members overwhelmingly voted (126 to 302) against reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which is also part of H.R. 1314. Opponents of TPA – many of whom support TAA – had mobilized the “no” vote on TAA as a way of blocking TPA renewal. But this strategy was unsuccessful, as TPA renewal still gathered the votes necessary for approval.

A motion was then filed to reconsider the vote on TAA reauthorization, which will likely take place next week. Although the TPA renewal and TAA reauthorization votes were taken separately, reconsideration of the TAA vote is needed for final passage of H.R. 1314.

TPA renewal was approved by the U.S. Senate May 22. Final congressional action on TPA is viewed as a critical and necessary step for completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and for advancing negotiations on the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

In other action taken on Friday, the House voted to approve H.R. 644, the customs facilitation and trade enforcement bill, on a vote of 240-190.