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67 House Members Sign Letter Warning Japan On Pork Subsidy Proposal

A bipartisan group of 67 House lawmakers, including 17 members of the House Ways & Means Committee and six Democrats who voted for fast track last year, have warned the ambassador of Japan in a letter that expanded subsidies for Japanese pork producers could cost votes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Stakeholders Differ On U.S. Impact Of TPP's 'Rapid Response Mechanism'

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures contains provisions aimed at allowing traders to lodge complaints when shipments are stopped at the border for food safety or health reasons, but a food safety advocate and an industry consultant this week differed on whether this would require changes to current U.S. practice.

Vetter: U.S. Clarifying Japanese Pork Subsidy Program With NPPC, Tokyo

A senior U.S. trade official said Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Obama administration is working with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the Japanese government to clarify the details of an expanded pork subsidy program that Tokyo plans to implement along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but stopped short of saying the U.S. was seeking changes to the program.

WTO Members Brainstorm On Future Agenda, But Consensus Is Elusive

World Trade Organization members are holding informal talks on the body's negotiating agenda for 2016 in various small group and bilateral meetings, but a small contingent of developing countries including India is resisting proposals to bring in new issues that were not a part of the Doha round, according to Geneva sources.

Senate Passes Customs Bill In 75-20 Vote, Sending Bill To President's Desk

The Senate on Thursday (Feb. 11) approved the conference report on the long-pending customs bill (H.R. 644) by a vote of 75-20, bringing an end to months of wrangling over the legislation, which first passed in the Senate in May last year and in the House last June.

Senate Invokes Cloture On Customs Conference Report, Setting Up Final Vote

The Senate on Thursday morning (Feb. 11) successfully invoked cloture on the conference report on the customs bill (H.R. 644) by a vote of 73-22, clearing a procedural hurdle allowing the Senate to vote on whether to approve the legislation. That final vote is expected to take place around noon, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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  • World Trade Organization members are holding informal talks on the body's negotiating agenda for 2016 in various small group and bilateral meetings, but a small contingent of developing countries including India is resisting proposals to bring in new issues that were not a part of the Doha round, according to Geneva sources.

  • For the third time in three weeks, the World Trade Organization has delayed the release of a panel report reviewing U.S. claims that India violated trade rules by imposing local content requirements in a massive solar project. The delay beyond the planned Feb. 10 release date comes as the U.S. and India continue to discuss a potential settlement that likely involves the elimination of the local content requirements.

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  • The Senate on Thursday (Feb. 11) approved the conference report on the long-pending customs bill (H.R. 644) by a vote of 75-20, bringing an end to months of wrangling over the legislation, which first passed in the Senate in May last year and in the House last June.

  • The Senate on Thursday morning (Feb. 11) successfully invoked cloture on the conference report on the customs bill (H.R. 644) by a vote of 73-22, clearing a procedural hurdle allowing the Senate to vote on whether to approve the legislation. That final vote is expected to take place around noon, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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  • A bipartisan group of 67 House lawmakers, including 17 members of the House Ways & Means Committee and six Democrats who voted for fast track last year, have warned the ambassador of Japan in a letter that expanded subsidies for Japanese pork producers could cost votes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures contains provisions aimed at allowing traders to lodge complaints when shipments are stopped at the border for food safety or health reasons, but a food safety advocate and an industry consultant this week differed on whether this would require changes to current U.S. practice.