A few minutes ago, the Senate invoked cloture on the trade preferences bill by a vote of 76-22. (The image shows 77-23, but two Senators must’ve switched to “not voting” at the last minute).
Before voting, Senate leaders reached an agreement that if cloture was invoked, “all post cloture timed be considered expired.” Without further debate, the Senate proceeded immediately to a voice vote on final passage, which passed without objection.
The bill now goes back to the House, when it hopefully can be passed House tomorrow (before the House recesses for 12 days). If you haven’t done so already, be sure to reach out to:
- call and/or tweet your Representatives (contact info available here)
- urge support for HR 1295, Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which would renew GSP and refund nearly $1.25 billion in taxes paid by American companies like yours (state breakdown available here)
- mention or share the letter: http://bit.ly/HR1295_Letter
- ask whether the Representative plans to support HR 1295
- send any feedback to the Coalition for GSP