WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2015 – TechAmerica, the public advocacy department of CompTIA, and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.
“We applaud the Senate’s bi-partisan action today in passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA),” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, TechAmerica. “This vital legislation provides the framework for Congress to ratify future international trade agreements. TPA is critical to the completion of current trade negotiations, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region, which will remove barriers providing increased international trade for U.S. businesses.
“TechAmerica supports TPA-2015, which will expand access to foreign markets for U.S. technology companies, boost the U.S. economy and increase American jobs. We strongly urge the House to take up and pass this important legislation quickly,” continued Hyman.
“Companies doing business in the tech sector–and especially online–are branching out into new markets for their products, allowing them to expand and create new jobs,” said Skip Newberry, Vice Chairman of TECNA and President of the Technology Association of Oregon. “TechAmerica powered by CompTIA, in partnership with the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and 28 technology councils believe TPA-2015 will allow innovation-based communities to grow, thrive and enrich local economies throughout the U.S.”
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About CompTIA Advocacy
Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it.
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents over 50 IT and Technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.