Statement by Senator Dodd on State of the Union Address

January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON —The following is a statement from Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. on tonight’s State of the Union Address:

“In tonight’s State of the Union Address, the President emphasized the importance of working with our trading partners to bolster investment, encourage economic development, and create jobs around the world. We support the President’s vision and join him in working toward the completion of a high-standard, commercially meaningful Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and the passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act.

The film and television industry is one of the few that consistently generates a positive balance of trade in virtually every market we enter. A strong TPP agreement will allow U.S. creative content to expand into foreign markets, fostering legitimate digital trade and therefore generating enormous benefit to both creators and consumers. The TPA establishes a clear path for accomplishing these priorities, and we look forward to working with the President and members of Congress to continue bringing the highest quality movies and television shows to audiences across the globe.”

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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