RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Dyke
December 6, 2001
Statement by Secretary of Commerce
on the Passage of Trade Promotion
I commend the House leadership for bringing Trade
Promotion Authority up for a vote and I congratulate both the Republicans
and the Democrats who stood strong and voted for its passage. Todays
vote was a win for expanding trade; a win for American leadership around
the world; a win for the American worker, entrepreneur, businessman,
and farmer; and a win for the economic security of America.
President Bush is committed to free trade
because it is an engine of economic growth and security, job creation
and innovation. Opening markets for American products and crops will
result in more and better paying jobs for Americans and lower prices
for American consumers.
The benefits of todays vote will be
felt in every home, on every factory floor, on every farm and up and
down every Main Street in America.