Manufacturers press for passage of fast-track authority

The push is on by business groups for Congress to pass expanded trade powers for the White House.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) started an advertising campaign on Monday across major news websites to further press the issue that is being held up in Congress.

The series of ads says Congress “must pass” fast-track authority while touting the economic and jobs growth benefits.

“Renewal of TPA is a top priority for manufacturers across the country and is critical to our ability to reach the 95 percent of consumers outside of our borders,” said Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs at NAM.

“Simply put, manufacturers won’t take no for an answer when it comes to TPA."

Incoming Senate Finance Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (D-Ore.) is expected to take some time to discuss the TPA legislation with panel members, especially members of his own party who oppose the legislation introduced in early January.

Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben Baucus2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer Steady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate MORE (D-Mont.), who was voted by the Senate last week to become the next U.S. ambassador to China, introduced a bill last month with Senate Finance ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Finance: NAFTA defenders dig in | Tech pushes Treasury to fight EU on taxes | AT&T faces setback in merger trial | Dems make new case against Trump tax law | Trump fuels fight over gas tax What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) said he opposes fast-track authority while President Obama said he will continue to urge Congress to pass a bill that would smooth passage for any trade deals that reach Capitol Hill.