Monday, January 26, 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Inside U.S. Trade - 01/23/2015 - 01-22-2015)

House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) this week laid out a series of proposals for resolving outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks that include a 30-year phaseout of U.S. tariffs on Japanese autos and monitoring of Vietnam's labor regime.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 01/23/2015 - 01-22-2015)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler last week summed up three days of negotiations with her Japanese counterparts on agriculture and auto trade in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by saying that they afforded her an opportunity to update them on relevant developments in Washington.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 01/23/2015 - 01-22-2015)

A Democratic co-chair of the House caucus seeking to build support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Congress says he will try to win over trade skeptics in his party and in organized labor by differentiating a potential U.S.-EU deal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other previous U.S. free trade agreements, though he signaled he faces challenges in doing so.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 01/23/2015 - 01-22-2015)

The United States is pushing to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks at a ministerial meeting slated to take place in mid-March, and sees next week's informal negotiating round in New York City as a chance to resolve all but the most politically sensitive issues that will be taken up by ministers, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 01-22-2015)

A group of nine freshman House Democrats have declared their opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and they expressed strong reservations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a letter sent to President Obama just a day after he called on both parties to pass legislation renewing TPA in his State of the Union address.

(Daily News - 01-22-2015)

The United States is pushing to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks at a ministerial meeting slated to take place in mid-March, and sees next week's informal negotiating round in New York City as a chance to resolve all but the most politically sensitive issues that will be taken up by ministers, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 01-16-2015)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler this week summed up three days of negotiations with her Japanese counterparts on agriculture and auto trade in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by saying that they afforded her an opportunity to update them on relevant developments in Washington, D.C.

(Daily News - 01-15-2015)

Updated: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have settled on New York City as the location for an upcoming informal round of negotiations that is slated to take place the last week of January, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 01-13-2015)

The leaders of seven conservative Tea Party organizations on Tuesday (Jan. 13) launched the first volley in their campaign against the congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and held open the possibility of working with Democratic-aligned groups in order to gather enough opposition to defeat any TPA bill.

(Daily News - 01-13-2015)

Updated: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Tuesday (Jan. 13) said U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has suggested in conversations with senators that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks could be wrapped up within two months, which would be the most ambitious timeline yet discussed by U.S. officials.

(Daily News - 01-09-2015)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will travel to Tokyo next week to resume negotiations with Japan on agricultural market access and auto trade issues under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to a USTR spokesman.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 01/09/2015 - 01-08-2015)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold a ministerial meeting in early March following an informal round already scheduled for late January, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 01-06-2015)

Ahead of a visit by Mexico's president to Washington, a senior Obama administration official on Monday (Jan. 5) signaled that the United States is seeking to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement early this year, in what appears to be the most precise timeline a U.S. official has laid out thus far for finishing the talks.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/26/2014 - 12-24-2014)

Five groups representing generic drug makers, workers, retirees and other interests have joined forces to urge President Obama to back off U.S. proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on intellectual property (IP), drug pricing and investment that they argue would adversely affect access to affordable medicines and undermine public health programs.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/26/2014 - 12-24-2014)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack earlier this month blasted Canada for not engaging enough in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and implied that the U.S.'s northern neighbor is more likely to be left out of a final agreement than Japan.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/26/2014 - 12-24-2014)

Access to anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV would be roughly cut in half in Vietnam if the provisions in the current U.S. proposal on intellectual property (IP) for pharmaceuticals were the basis for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, according to an unpublished draft study by academics from Australia and the United States.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/26/2014 - 12-24-2014)

A senior White House economic official has publicly signaled that the Obama administration is seeking congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation prior to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which he said were in their final stages.

(Daily News - 12-23-2014)

U.S. trade officials are pressing South Korea to water down a new Korean car emissions standard or else give U.S. automakers wider leeway in complying with it, in what appears to be a second push by the Obama administration against Korean policies aimed at curbing vehicle pollution.

(Daily News - 12-22-2014)

Five groups representing generic drug makers, workers, retirees and other interests have joined forces to urge President Obama to back off U.S. proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on intellectual property (IP), drug pricing and investment that they argue would adversely affect access to affordable medicines and undermine public health programs.

(Daily News - 12-18-2014)

A senior White House economic official has publicly signaled that the Obama administration is seeking congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation prior to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which he said were in their final stages.