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CEA, Other Tech Groups Urge Congress to Pass Updated TPA Legislation

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the joint letter from CEA, BSA | The Software Alliance, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Information Technology Industry Council, The Internet Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and TechNet urging congressional leaders to swiftly pass updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation:

“Congress’ last extension of presidential trade promotion authority expired almost eight years ago. And since the passage of U.S. free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea in 2011, no trade agreements have been passed by Congress. During that same period of time, other countries told the World Trade Organization they entered more than 40 such agreements.

“Innovative technology is one of our country’s strongest competitive advantages. CEA’s latest research shows revenues for the U.S. consumer electronics industry are projected to reach an all-time high of $223 billion this year. And our sector’s latest tech innovations will help drive worldwide demand even higher – unless our companies do not have sufficient international market access. Updated TPA legislation must have a global trade framework that reflects the realities of the Internet and today’s digital economy.”

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $223 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media:


  • CES Unveiled Tokyo
    February 18, 2015, Tokyo, Japan
  • CEA Winter Break
    March 5-8, 2015, Snowmass Village, CO
  • Technology & Standards Spring Forum
    March 24-26, 2015, Nashville, TN
  • Digital Patriots Dinner
    April 14, 2015, Washington DC
  • CES on the Hill
    April 15, 2015, Washington DC
  • 2015 International CES Asia
    May 25-27, 2015, Shanghai, China
  • CEO Summit
    May 25-27, 2015, Shanghai, China
  • CES Unveiled New York
    November 10, 2015, New York, NY


Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Izzy Santa, 703-907-4308
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Tyler Suiters, 703-907-7654
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