Thanks to South Sound Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, for their recent votes to grant President Obama authority to negotiate international trade agreements that would benefit our state.
The Washington Retail Association and many of our members rely on robust trade as an engine of economic growth and job creation. Trade Promotion Authority policy creates a partnership of the president and Congress seeking to lower tariffs and eliminate barriers to growing U.S. trade prospects. TPA will allow the U.S. to demand high standards and transparency from our trading partners.
Forty percent of Washington state jobs depend upon the rewards of international trade. We thank those legislators who support trade and job growth in their districts.
(Teague is president and CEO of the Washington Retail Association.)