For Immediate Release
June 18, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauds House passage of legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) earlier today. TPA establishes congressional negotiating objectives and consultation mechanisms involving international trade agreements currently being negotiated by the U.S. government.
Additionally, TPA formalizes consultation mechanisms between Congress and the Executive Branch on trade agreements as they are being negotiated. It is critical that the Executive Branch work closely with Congress to develop trade agreements that fully incorporate the interests of American textile workers and the middle class.
“We want to thank those members of Congress who supported the passage of Trade Promotion Authority,” stated NCTO President Augustine Tantillo. “These members are helping to ensure that we have direct and meaningful input into trade negotiations and thus helping to provide a strong outcome for U.S. textile manufacturers.”
With House passage of TPA, the bill goes to the Senate for consideration. As TPA continues to work its way through Congress, NCTO looks forward to continued collaboration with both the Executive Branch and Congress to develop trade agreements that fully represent the interests of U.S. textile manufacturers, which employ 499,500 workers nationwide.
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), headquartered in Washington D.C., is the national trade association representing the entire spectrum of the textile sector. The U.S. textile industry is one of the most innovative and scientifically advanced industries in the world providing products to the automotive, aerospace, military, medical, technical, home furnishings, and apparel industries. For more information about the U.S. textile industry, view NCTO’s website at www.ncto.org
Contact: Eliza Levy