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NFTC Chief Predicts Senate TPA Fight Will Focus On Trafficking, Currency, ISDS

National Foreign Trade Council President Bill Reinsch said Friday (April 24) he expects the full Senate to begin debating a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill during the first week of May, and predicted the floor battle will include fights over amendments on human trafficking, currency and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

TTIP Negotiators Create Joint Text On Regulatory Cooperation, Discuss New TBT Proposal

NEW YORK -- U.S. and EU negotiators at the close of the ninth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks held here indicated they had made progress on the regulatory aspect of the initiative in two key areas, with both sides creating a "consolidated text" on horizontal regulatory cooperation and the U.S. tabling a new proposal on technical barriers to trade (TBT).

U.S., EU Negotiators Signal Compromise On Scheduling Of Services Offers

NEW YORK --The United States and the European Union have agreed on a “common way” of scheduling commitments for services market access in their bilateral trade talks that includes a combination of both positive-list and negative-list structures, according to the EU’s lead negotiator.

EU Negotiator Defends GMO 'Opt-Out' Proposal, As Long-Awaited Traits Are Approved

NEW YORK -- The lead European Union negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) here rose to defend a new EU proposal allowing member states to ban imports of biotechnology food and feed products, countering charges by his U.S. counterpart that it probably violates World Trade Organization rules.

Two Dems Expected To Support TPA At Ways & Means Markup; Minority Plans Amendments

A House Ways & Means Committee markup on Thursday (April 23) of legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is shaping up to be a partisan showdown, with only two committee Democrats expected to vote in favor of the bill and Democrats likely to offer contentious amendments on issues including currency, duty evasion and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Finance Committee Passes Amended TPA Legislation, Three Other Trade Bills

The Senate Finance Committee late on Wednesday (April 22) night approved by a strong vote of 20-6 a bill that would extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the president for up to six years.

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  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the April 23 markup of the fast-track bill refused to include a provision that would likely affect Malaysia for its failure to fight human trafficking with the argument that the amendment could complicate the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  • NEW YORK -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (April 22) blasted a proposal unveiled hours earlier by the European Commission that would pave the way for giving EU member states more authority to restrict imports of genetically modified food and feed, saying it runs counter to efforts to craft a bilateral trade deal being negotiated here this week.

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  • NEW YORK -- U.S. and EU negotiators at the close of the ninth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks held here indicated they had made progress on the regulatory aspect of the initiative in two key areas, with both sides creating a "consolidated text" on horizontal regulatory cooperation and the U.S. tabling a new proposal on technical barriers to trade (TBT).

  • NEW YORK --The United States and the European Union have agreed on a “common way” of scheduling commitments for services market access in their bilateral trade talks that includes a combination of both positive-list and negative-list structures, according to the EU’s lead negotiator.