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Reauthorizing Trade Promotion Authority: The first trade test for the Biden administration


Published 16 March 2021

The expiration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) on July 1 provides an opportunity for the Biden administration to clarify whether pursuing new agreements, including joining the now renamed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be part of its approach to trade.

The Biden administration has so far been deliberately ambiguous about its trade policy, preferring broad statements (“a worker-centric” trade policy) to specific proposals. The expiration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) on July 1 provides an opportunity to clarify whether pursuing new agreements, including joining the now renamed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be part of the new administration’s approach to trade. If the administration does decide to take a more aggressive approach to trade, polling data suggest it will find a public that has grown much more supportive of trade over the past four years.

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Paul Sracic

Paul Sracic is a professor of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University. Dr. Sracic holds a PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University, and is a former Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he taught American Politics at the University of Tokyo and Sophia University.

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