Cantwell Statement on Cloture Vote on TPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement following today’s cloture vote on Trade Promotion Authority.

Senator Cantwell supported the cloture motion because she supports Trade Promotion Authority. The Senator won assurance that her provision creating a more robust trade enforcement program contained in the Senate-passed Customs and Enforcement legislation will stick in conference.  Cantwell also got a commitment that the Cantwell-Collins apprentice bill will be considered in the Senate.   And, she supported the inclusion of the Brown-Portman Amendment to strengthen anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws to fight illegal trade practices.  The Senator also noted that her colleague Senator Murray received a commitment for a vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance from Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner.  Senator Cantwell did not believe it was in the best interest of Washington state or the country to allow the trade agenda to be hijacked by those who want to kill the Export-Import Bank.