Jun 24 2015

Shelby Opposes TPA Bill, Ceding Power to President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement after his vote against authorizing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“I have serious concerns with Congress providing President Obama with ‘fast-track’ negotiating authority, which is why I voted against TPA for the second time.  I am wary of ceding power to a President who continually abuses his authority, and I believe that there are far too many unanswered questions about the impact of the pending trade deals on American jobs.  While I support the principle of free trade, I could not support this bill because I lack confidence in this Administration’s ability to negotiate a trade deal that will be in the best interest of Alabamians and all Americans.”