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Rep. Paul Ryan: Congress Needs Front-End Role in Trade Deals

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 08:42 PM

Congress should be in the "driver's seat" along with the president in making trade deals to benefit the American economy, Rep. Paul Ryan says.

Currently, the White House signs trade deals, then brings them to Congress for approval, but Ryan told Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Tuesday he believes his plan would strengthen America's hand in negotiations because other countries would know Congress was on board with the deal from the start and wouldn't try to make changes later.

"We're saying Congress is going to be involved in this process at the front end. Congress is going to be in the driver's seat along with the administration in getting trade agreements," Ryan said.

Ryan, along with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon have introduced a bill to "fast-track" two trade deals, one with the European Union and one with 11 other Pacific countries.

Ryan told Van Susteren that 150 guidelines have been put into the bill outlining what a trade agreement looks like.

"And oh, by the way, we want more transparency and more accountability," he said, adding that once an agreement is made, it has to go before the public for 60 days before Congress can vote on it.

Ryan said trade deals are vital to reviving the American economy because 96 percent of the world's consumers live outside the United States.

"If we want to have good-paying jobs and a faster economy, we have to make and grow more things in America and sell them overseas," he said. "Without trade agreements, companies end up building factories overseas to sell in those markets."

The bill has "real bipartisan support," Ryan said, though Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats  have spoken out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

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Congress should be in the driver's seat along with the president in making trade deals to benefit the American economy, Rep. Paul Ryan says. Currently, the White House signs trade deals, then brings them to Congress for approval, but Ryan told Fox News Channel's On the...
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