(NAFB) – The deadline for the U.S. to negotiate bilateral trade deals with the UK and Kenya under rules for streamlined Congressional approval has expired.
Technically, the current Trade Promotion Authority allowing up-or-down votes on trade deals with no amendments, expires June 30.
But American Farm Bureau trade advisor Dave Salmonsen says the actual deadline has come and gone.
Congress could extend the deadline, but Salmonsen says that would likely take having a deal, in hand, adding…
And the last TPA push came in the Obama years, when Transpacific and EU talks were heating up.
But Salmonsen says Farm Bureau is pushing for talks with London and Brussels and to get a new TPA done. He says the hard part is “getting them started.”