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Kansans should vote for trade promotion authority

If they want to best serve their state and its economic future, the four Kansans in the U.S. House will vote to give President Obama trade promotion authority, as Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran did last month. House passage would enable Obama to complete the historic Trans Pacific Partnership. As Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said on the House floor last week, Wichita’s aviation and other manufacturers and Kansas’ agricultural producers need access to overseas markets, and trade will lead to jobs. “This Congress will retain its full authority to approve every agreement that is entered into, to make sure that they are in fact in the best interests of reducing taxes, reducing tariffs, reducing regulatory barriers so that Americans and Kansans can sell their products all across the globe,” Pompeo said. Passage of TPA should further the prospects for the Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan, which aims to raise Wichita-area exports by $1.1 billion over five years. – Rhonda Holman