"It is imperative for our negotiators to focus on the huge U.S. trade deficit," Johnson suggested, noting that increasing exports while increasing imports at even faster rates is a "recipe for continued and even larger trade deficits."
Johnson said currency manipulation must also be dealt with, or any minor advantages gained in other parts of the agreements can be "easily and rapidly outweighed" by manipulated currency values.
"In order to ensure these important matters are considered, Congress must have a real say in the process," Johnson continued.
Several other groups, however, are in support of the TPA legislation, including The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Pork Producers Federation, among many others.
The supporting groups say TPA would provide participating countries more assurance that Congress could not use several amendments to alter trade agreements. Further, the TPA would speed negotiations and completion of the long-awaited Trans Pacific Partnership, which many of them support.