If you listen to critics of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) you would believe that Congress is recklessly ceding its authority over secret trade deals to Obama. But the truth is, TPA provides more, not less Congressional oversight and public visibility over the approval of future trade agreements. TPA does not give new authority to Obama. The executive branch already has the ability to negotiate trade agreements with or without TPA. Despite the last iteration of TPA lapsing in 2007, the current administration has been negotiating several trade agreements.