Congress Passes Crucial US Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation

June 30, 2015

On June 18, the House of Representatives considered legislation to approve trade promotion authority (TPA), H.R. 2146, the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. H.R. 2146 passed by a vote of 218 to 208. On June 24, the Senate passed H.R. 2146, by a vote of 60 to 38.

The TPA provides for a legislative procedure by which Congress defines the United States’ objectives and priorities, and requires a vote on any trade agreements. This is important legislation because it would allow the Administration to better protect IP rights and fair market access when negotiating trade deals.

CLSA engaged with the California delegation to inform members and staff on the principal objectives of TPA, including ensuring U.S. trade agreements support robust IP rights that reflect a standard of protection similar to that found in the United States law is critical for ensuring companies large and small are able to engage in the high‚Äêrisk, high‚Äêcost R&D that makes the discovery, development and commercialization of life‚Äêsaving medicines possible.

The 18 bipartisan California delegation members who voted in favor of trade promotion authority are: Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Corona); Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley); Jim Costa (D-Fresno); Susan Davis (D-San Diego); Jeff Denham (R-Modesto); Sam Farr (D-Santa Cruz); Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon); Darrell Issa (R-Vista); Steve Knight (R-Simi Valley); Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding); Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield); Tom McClintock (R-Roseville); Devin Nunes (R-Clovis); Scott Peters (D-San Diego); Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach); Ed Royce (R-Brea); David Valadao (R-Bakersfield); and, Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).

Both California Senators Barbara Boxer (D) and Dianne Feinstein (D) voted in support of the measure. The legislation has since been signed by President Obama (Public Law 114-026).