Comstock Votes For Trade Promotion Authority
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House passed Trade Promotion Authority:
“As I travel around the district, I hear from businesses small, medium, and large that they need free trade to sell their products globally, keep their employees employed, and expand job opportunities. Like Congressman Frank Wolf, who supported free trade agreement after trade agreement throughout his three decades of service to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, I believe trade is essential in our 21st century economy.
“Approximately 1.1 million jobs in the Commonwealth are tied to trade and over 7,600 Virginia companies export products globally. Last year, Virginia’s economic growth was anemic, and ranked 48th among the states in economic growth. We need trade to boost our local economy. We cannot let China gain even more influence and lock American businesses out. This vote was about who is going to be the leader in the global economy…the United States or China. I will always stand for a strong American economy and our system of free enterprise.
“Today’s vote to pass the Trade Promotion Authority starts the process on trade. With multiple trade agreements currently being negotiated, if an agreement is reached, Members of Congress will be able to carefully review the text of the language which will now be open to the public and online for sixty days at minimum prior to any Congressional vote. The vote on any trade agreement will be entirely independent from what Congress voted on today.
“Liberal Democrats led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senators Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, wanted to kill Trade Promotion Authority because they are beholden to big unions bosses at the AFL-CIO and other left-wing special interest groups who do not believe in free and open trade.
“I was glad to join my fellow conservative colleagues in supporting this measure to start the process and ensuring Congress has this increased role in America’s trade policy.”