Today the United States Senate voted to advance H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). A final vote is expected to take place next week.

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:

“Thank you to the bipartisan group of senators who voted to take up Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Trade is essential to the livelihoods of American farmers, as well as the one million people whose jobs depend on agricultural trade. TPA legislation is critical to removing trade barriers, expanding our access to global markets, and ensuring farmers get the best possible deal in trade agreements.

“American farmers are stepping up to meet the growing demand for our products abroad. Now we’re asking Congress to step up and pass Trade Promotion Authority as quickly as possible.”