King announces deal with Ryan on TPA amendment

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4) released the following statement after reaching an agreement with Chairman Paul Ryan to include Mr. King’s language in Trade Promotion Authority:

“I am glad to have worked with Chairman Paul Ryan on my added language to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). My limitation language says: ‘To ensure that trade agreements do not require changes to the immigration laws of the United States or obligate the United States to grant access or expand access to visas issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15),’ said King.”

My amendment that passed in CJS appropriations states:, ‘None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to negotiate or finalize a trade agreement that includes provisions relating to visas issued under section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)).’ This amendment is the foundation of my language that will be enrolled with TPA. My language tells the executive branch that they cannot negotiate changes in our immigration laws or use visa programs as a negotiating tool. Further, my language keeps immigration out of all future trade agreements negotiated under TPA. I am confident this has improved TPA and it gets me to a yes on the final bill.”

King and Ryan exchanged letters on the final agreement. To view the King letter, click here. To view the Ryan letter, click here.