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2    WHEREAS, For almost 40 years, the United States Congress
3has enacted Trade Promotion Authority laws to guide the pursuit
4of free trade agreements that support job growth for the United
5States, eliminate barriers to United States exports, create a
6transparent trade environment, and set rules to ensure fair
7trading terms for United States companies, farmers, and
8workers; and
9    WHEREAS, As of January 1, 2014, the United States has 14
10free trade agreements with 20 partner countries, including:
11Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican
12Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Israel,
13Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Canada, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Peru, and
14Singapore; and
15    WHEREAS, In 2012, the United States' current free trade
16agreements supported nearly 46% of the country's merchandise
17exports totaling approximately $718 billion, as well as
18supporting approximately 3.2 million jobs nationally in 2013;
20    WHEREAS, In 2013, the United States' current free trade
21agreements benefited the State of Illinois by accounting for
22nearly 54% of goods exported from the State, totaling



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1approximately $35.7 billion; goods exported from Illinois
2supported approximately 339,000 United States' jobs; and
3    WHEREAS, The United States began negotiations on a
4Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) free
5trade agreement with the European Union in July of 2013; and
6    WHEREAS, The European Union was the United States' largest
7export market in 2012 and has 28 member countries including:
8Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
9Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
10Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
11Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
12Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; and
13    WHEREAS, In 2011, the United States and the European Union
14maintained approximately $3.7 trillion in investment in each
15other's economies; and
16    WHEREAS, The United States and the European Union together
17generate approximately half of the world's gross domestic
18product output; and
19    WHEREAS, The goals of the T-TIP agreement include a plan
20to: expand the European Union markets for trade with the United
21States, thereby strengthening the world's largest investment



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1relationship; eliminate all tariffs; promote transparency and
2cooperation in maintaining global concerns, such as health,
3safety, and environmental protections; develop rules to
4address localized discriminatory practices that create
5non-tariff barriers to trade; and promote the global
6competitiveness of small and medium sized business; and
7    WHEREAS, The United States currently endures tariff and
8non-tariff barriers on trade with the European Union; however,
9eliminating tariffs through T-TIP will put the United States'
10industrial, technological, scientific, chemical, plastic,
11textile, apparel, and agricultural products on a level trading
12field with the European Union's other free trade agreement
13partners; and
14    WHEREAS, Illinois' largest merchandise export categories
15are machinery, transportation equipment, chemicals, computer
16and electronic products, and petroleum and coal products; and
17    WHEREAS, Illinois' top industrial goods exported to the
18European Union include machinery products with an approximate
19tariff rate of 9.7%, chemicals with an approximate tariff rate
20of 6.5%, and automotive products with an approximate tariff
21rate of 22%; and
22    WHEREAS, The elimination of tariffs through T-TIP will



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1allow Illinois to gain greater market access for all goods
2exported to the European Union and its trade partners by
3enhancing the State's competitiveness in the global
4marketplace; and
5    WHEREAS, The T-TIP agreement will benefit Illinois by
6creating jobs, providing higher levels of protections for
7workers by enforcing internationally recognized labor rights,
8and improving the sustainability of the farming industry as
9well as small and mid-sized companies, while strengthening
10Illinois' economy overall; therefore, be it
13ask Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority and urge the
14United States Trade Representative to conclude the
15negotiations and recommend ratification of the Transatlantic
16Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as T-TIP, to the
17President of the United States and the United States Senate
18with all deliberate speed; and be it further
19    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
20presented to the President of the United States, the United
21States Trade Representative, the United States Senate Majority
22Leader, and the United States Senate Minority Leader.