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Vetter Attending TPP Meeting In Guam To Hold Ag Talks With Japan, Other Countries

Darci Vetter, the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, is in Guam this week to hold talks on agriculture with officials from Japan and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries as part of an informal negotiating round underway there, according to a USTR spokesman.

House Ag Committee Slated To Markup COOL Repeal Bill

The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday morning (May 20) was slated to mark up a bill to fully repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and poultry in an effort proponents say will finally make the U.S. compliant with World Trade Organization rules.

House Ag Committee Votes 38-6 To Repeal COOL; DSB Adoption Slated For May 29

Updated: The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday morning (May 20) reported out a bill to fully repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and poultry in a vote of 38-6, advancing legislation that proponents say will finally make the U.S. compliant with World Trade Organization rules.

McConnell Threatens To Delay Recess If TPA Not Done; Amendments Roll In

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has threatened to keep the Senate in session beyond its scheduled recess beginning May 22 if it has not completed consideration of the pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill by that time, and publicly blasted Senate Democrats for slowing down the process.

WTO Upholds Key Rulings Against COOL, Dealing Definitive Blow To U.S.

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has upheld the major findings of a compliance panel ruling that faulted revised U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat, dealing a final blow to the labeling regime after years of litigation pursued by Canada and Mexico.

Twenty-One Senate Democrats Seek Release Of LAC Report Critical Of TPP

Close to half of the Senate Democratic caucus has urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to publicly release a report submitted to the administration by an advisory committee of labor representatives that takes a critical view of how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are handling many key areas.

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  • The Senate this evening defeated by a vote of 48 to 51 a currency amendment (S.A. 1299) to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that was sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and would have instructed U.S. negotiators to seek enforceable disciplines against currency manipulation in future trade agreements.

  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pledged to members of the House Steel Caucus that he will accept the trade remedy law changes championed by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the Senate version of the customs bill when the legislation is conferenced, according to a Ways & Means spokesman.

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  • TAMUNING, Guam -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meeting here over the past 10 days have pushed hard to advance various areas of their discussions further than before, including market access talks with Canada. But this negotiating round has again demonstrated that resolution of many key areas hinges on U.S. passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

  • Groups representing agricultural exporters from Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand say Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are on the verge of completing what they see as a broadly beneficial agreement, but are reiterating their call for the TPP to deliver "meaningful and comprehensive market access” for agriculture products that is extended equally to all participating countries.