With a Republican majority in the House and Senate in the 114th Congress, the opportunity arose to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – legislation that would enable the president to pursue international free trade agreements.
Anti-free trade groups, however, waged an aggressive campaign to prevent the fairly procedural legislation from passing. Opposition groups explicitly tied campaign contributions to how Democratic members of Congress voted on the bill, and some conservative groups characterized the bill as a concession of authority to the president.
HPS was retained to:
HPS provided strategic management, communications, and advocacy support for the Coalition to pass TPA. In this role, HPS:
TPA passed with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, despite significant opposition from influential members of both parties.
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