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CEA Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Arlington, VA – April 15, 2015 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation upon its return to Washington, D.C.:
“Today, several CEA members will descend on Capitol Hill for our annual CES on the Hill event, showcasing the products and services at the heart of today’s greatest technology policy issues. These innovators are producing the technologies that are changing the way we live and work.
“However, for these companies to thrive they must be able to compete in the global market. That’s why we’re urging Congress to immediately pass TPA legislation. More, our members of Congress should take the opportunity to modernize the bill to reflect the realities of the digital economy and the Internet. Future trade agreements should include not only include strong intellectual property protection and enforcement, but also robust and flexible limitation provisions.
“We urge Congress to expedite the introduction and passage of TPA, and also ensure the United States retains its spot as a key player in determining how a business operates globally. TPA allows the president to negotiate trade agreements that Congress can vote up or down. This is necessary for the U.S. to enter agreements in a world where 95 percent of consumers live outside our borders and the developed world is entering into trade agreements that cut tariffs. Since the last trade agreement ten years ago, U.S. exporters and jobs creators are suffering a competitive disadvantage in trade, given that they pay higher tariffs.”

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $286 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media.