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    Trade Promotion Authority Should Mean Authority to Promote Trade—Period

    There’s a good chance Congress will consider legislation this summer to extend trade promotion authority (TPA) to President Obama. If it does, lawmakers should pay especially close attention to the wording of the bill. TPA is the legislative vehicle that allows the President to negotiate with other countries on beneficial … More

    Include Taiwan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    “We do hope to [get] into TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as early as possible,” said Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, former senior adviser to the President on Taiwan, at a recent event at The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Chan’s statement reflects the opinion of the Taiwanese government and key analysts who echo the sentiment … More

    Time to Upgrade the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    Africa is increasingly viewed as “a hopeful continent” whose next 10 years can be even better economically than the last 10. In this evolving economic reality, the United States should seize the opportunity to reinforce its vision of economic freedom and prosperity in the region. In his first public speech … More

    Natural Gas Exports: Remove Government Barriers

    A June 18 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Currently, the U.S. can freely export LNG to another country only if it has a free trade agreement with that country. Requests to export to the rest of the world … More

    Morning Bell: Defending Freedom in North Korea's Shadow

    To lead the nation always under threat from North Korea, backbone is required. As the president of South Korea has demonstrated over her past two days in Washington, she is a vital figure at this time in history. Park Geun-hye has been referred to as the “Iron Lady of Korea.” … More

    Keystone XL and Natural Gas Provide Energy Trade Opportunities

    In June 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “If we continue to let our trade policy be dictated by special interests, then American workers will continue to be undermined, and public support for robust trade will continue to erode.” That’s exactly what’s happening with respect to energy trade. Special interests … More

    The Best Plan for Farmers and Ranchers: Free Trade

    Congress is currently fighting over the future of U.S. farm programs. In 2011, taxpayers subsidized farmers to the tune of $10.4 billion in government payments. Imagine if the government had a way to increase payments to farmers while reducing taxpayer subsidies to zero. Such a policy exists. It’s called free … More

    President Obama’s Middle East Trip Underscores Need for Economic Freedom

    President Obama is in the Middle East this week, two years and three months after Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi unleashed the Arab Spring by protesting against his lack of economic freedom. Mohamed’s father died when he was three years old. When his stepfather became ill, Mohamed quit school to … More

    Free Trade: Bringing Ireland to Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    Today, millions of people around the world will put on some green, watch a hurling or rugby match, enjoy a Guinness stout, and praise St. Patrick, the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. A beam in Guinness’s Dublin brewery reads “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.” And, thanks to free trade, … More

    Japan’s Step Closer to TPP

    Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will officially join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This comes a day after Prime Minister Abe received the okay to join TPP by his Liberal Democratic Party, a month after visiting President Obama and discussing the partnership, and more than a year since … More