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Bipartisan Trade Promotion Bill Sets Important Marker for Global Commerce in the Digital Age

WASHINGTON, DC — January 9, 2014 — 

BSA | The Software Alliance today commended Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for introducing legislation that will establish strong rules for negotiations and Congressional approval of digital-age trade pacts.

“I applaud Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Hatch and Chairman Camp for sending a very strong signal about US trade priorities in the 21st century,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act establishes a clear baseline for agreements that will ensure software and other innovative industries can capitalize on trade opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs.”

“This TPA framework looks to the future, encourages continued innovation and guards against new forms of digital protectionism,” said Espinel. “The bill directs negotiators to establish clear rules allowing commercial data to flow freely across international borders; it directs negotiators to establish rules against requiring companies to establish local servers as a condition of market access; and it calls for comprehensive protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.”

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