Sunday, December 21, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/19/2014 - 12-18-2014)

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week discussed their plan to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in 2015 during a phone call that followed the Dec. 14 Japanese elections in which Abe's governing coalition held on to a sizable majority in the lower house of the Diet. Experts said that the election victory will likely strengthen Abe's hand to press ahead with his economic plan, which includes completing TPP.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/19/2014 - 12-18-2014)

The general principles agreed upon by Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers in October to help whittle down the exceptions countries are seeking from disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) would prevent parties from seeking carveouts for such firms created in the future, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/19/2014 - 12-18-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are intent on beginning a legal review of chapters that have already been closed prior to reaching a final agreement on the overall deal, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 12-16-2014)

Advancing the trade policy agenda, including the renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), will be one of the first issues the Senate Finance Committee will address when it returns under Republican leadership at the beginning of next year, and these issues will take up much of the agenda early in the year, according to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the presumptive chairman of the Finance Committee.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries had aimed to make major progress in the environment chapter during the informal round of talks that took place in Washington this week, but are getting bogged down due to continued disagreements over provisions relating to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), conservation and biodiversity, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

A group of House Democrats led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) ratcheted up its rhetoric against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as chief negotiators for the 12-country trade pact met in Washington this week.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the past few weeks has increased the level of access that cleared staff from the congressional trade committees have to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating texts by allowing these aides to view versions of texts that highlight the changes made from the previous drafts.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

A senior AFL-CIO official this week publicly blasted the Obama administration for disregarding almost all of the labor federation's recommendations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, saying that this is one of the reasons why the group is so pessimistic it will be able to support a completed deal.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) is lashing out at the Obama administration for what he charges is its failure to engage in a meaningful manner with members of Congress on outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in part because U.S. officials are unwilling to fully disclose their bargaining positions and bottom lines in the negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

President Obama this week said he is now more optimistic about the prospects for reaching a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal than he was last year, saying it is more likely than not that countries involved in the negotiations can reach a strong agreement.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/12/2014 - 12-11-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold an informal round in late January in the United States followed by a ministerial meeting in February or March, as part of a strong push to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible next year, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 12-11-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold an informal round in late January in the United States followed by a ministerial meeting in February or March, as part of a strong push to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible next year, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 12-10-2014)

A group of House Democrats led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is ratcheting up its rhetoric against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as chief negotiators for the 12-country trade pact meet in Washington this week.

(Daily News - 12-09-2014)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) informal round taking place this week in Washington consists of meetings of chief negotiators and five working groups dealing with some of the most sensitive issues in the talks, according to a Chilean government press release.

(Daily News - 12-09-2014)

House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) is lashing out at the Obama administration for what he charges is its failure to engage in a meaningful manner with members of Congress on outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in part because U.S. officials are unwilling to fully disclose their bargaining positions and bottom lines in the negotiations.

(Daily News - 12-08-2014)

Labor leaders have expressed their frustration to the Obama administration over what they charge is its failure to take into account unions' formal recommendations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 12-05-2014)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the past few weeks has increased the level of access that cleared staff from the congressional trade committees have to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating texts by allowing these aides to view versions of texts that highlight the changes made from the previous drafts.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/05/2014 - 12-04-2014)

The Treasury Department's top official overseeing international affairs is making the case that Japan's national elections slated for Dec. 14 will likely result in a renewed mandate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pursue his economic reform program and that this will help facilitate the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/05/2014 - 12-04-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are unlikely to make major progress toward resolving outstanding issues at the upcoming informal round in Washington, in part because the talks are taking place immediately ahead of a national election in Japan, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 12/05/2014 - 12-04-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week told a group of House Democrats generally supportive of trade deals that he expects the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to be concluded next year and wants Congress to pass a completed deal by the end of 2015, according to congressional aides.

(Daily News - 12-04-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week told a group of House Democrats generally supportive of trade deals that he expects the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to be concluded next year and expressed a desire for Congress to pass a completed deal by the end of 2015, according to congressional aides.

(Daily News - 12-03-2014)

The Treasury Department's top official overseeing international affairs is making the case that Japan's national elections slated for Dec. 14 will likely result in a renewed mandate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pursue his economic reform program and that this will help facilitate the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Daily News - 12-03-2014)

Incoming House Ways & Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday (Dec. 2) tread cautiously in his first comments on trade since being tapped to lead the panel in the next Congress, reiterating his support for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and repeatedly calling for a strong Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

(Daily News - 12-02-2014)

The informal round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations slated for next week in Washington will take place at various locations across the city and will involve chief negotiators as well as working groups dealing with some of the most challenging issues in the talks, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/28/2014 - 11-26-2014)

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that the elimination of all tariffs on farm goods under a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would be less damaging to Japan's agriculture industry than the Japanese government has predicted, due to a range of factors.

(Daily News - 11-24-2014)

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that the elimination of all tariffs on farm goods under a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would be less damaging to Japan's agriculture industry than the Japanese government has predicted, due to a range of factors.

(Daily News - 11-20-2014)

The United States will host the next meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators from Dec. 7-12 in Washington, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. One informed source said the meeting will likely involve chief negotiators as well as some working groups.

(Daily News - 11-20-2014)

A senior aide to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) told a business audience late last week that improvements on enforcement and transparency language, along with a renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, are the chairman's priorities when it comes to a pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, according to informed sources.