SOTU FACT: Up to President Obama to Make the Case for Trade Promotion Authority |

CLAIMWe need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority...” (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014)

FACT: We need the president  to lead on these issues. Restoring America as a nation of builders and opening new markets for American-made goods are key tenets of the Republican jobs plan.  Trade Promotion Authority has already been introduced in the House, and it is now up to the president to join and lead the effort to get it passed. Yet President Obama has blocked more American energy production at nearly every turn.

  • Energy is the lifeblood of manufacturers, and having a secure, reliable and affordable supply of energy is vital to our success,” says the National Association of Manufacturers.  The House has acted to expand American energy production to help create jobs, address energy costs, and restore our nation of builders.  Yet President Obama has blocked more American energy production at nearly every turn.
  • In 2011, under a Republican majority, the House passed three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, all of which had languished for years under Democratic control. 
  • Trade Promotion Authority has been introduced in both Houses of Congress, but President Obama “faces some stiff opposition among fellow Democrats,” and the onus is on the president to “convince Democrats to go along with it.
  • “If the president means what he says about Trade Promotion Authority, I think it’s time for him to pull out all the stops,” Speaker Boehner said at a recent press conference. “We know how the president can be when he’s serious about something.  He hits the road, uses his bully pulpit, and he takes his case to the American people.  So if the president is serious in his commitment to getting this important bipartisan legislation passed, he’ll do the same on this issue.”


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