U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told Members of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that the Obama Administration needs a renewal of trade promotion authority (TPA) to complete the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.

TPA, which expired in 2007, gives the administration the authority to negotiate trade agreements and submit them to Congress for up-or-down votes. Kirk said the Obama Administration aims to get the TPP negotiations finished this year.

For more from the hearing at which Kirk testified, visit http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=281489.