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White House looking for progress on market access, IP in Modi visit

The Trump administration will seek to advance U.S. interests in its trade relationship with New Delhi when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the White House on Monday by seeking greater market access in India via a reduction in tariffs and raising the issue of intellectual property protection, a senior White House official said Friday.

Citing Guatemala loss, Democratic lawmakers question labor language in trade agreements

Democratic lawmakers are raising concerns about the effectiveness of labor provisions in free trade agreements after the U.S. lost a labor dispute to Guatemala.

Brown, Heitkamp: Administration misled Democrats on plans for Ex-Im nominees

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee say the Trump administration led them to believe he would not advance the controversial nomination of Scott Garrett for Export-Import Bank chairman and president, but would instead nominate Spencer Bachus -- announced in April as a pick for the bank's board -- for that slot while submitting the names of two Democrats for the board.

Lighthizer ‘less persuaded’ by contention that 232 probes will spark retaliation

Fear of retaliation against U.S. producers should not deter the Trump administration from defending America’s interests through every “legitimate” tool available -- including Section 232 investigations into the national security impact of imports, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday.

China questions WTO compliance of 232 aluminum actions, calls for dialogue

China on Thursday urged the U.S. to use caution in its Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of aluminum imports, arguing that the World Trade Organization's “legal framework” does not permit members to impose trade restrictions through an “abusive invocation” of national security.

USTR won't commit to ensuring Mexican labor reforms before NAFTA vote

The Trump administration does not believe that Mexico must implement reforms to improve workers’ rights before Congress votes to approve and implement a redone NAFTA, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of the Ways & Means Committee during a June 22 hearing.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer headlines a busy week, testifying before the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees on the administration's trade agenda on Wednesday and Thursday -- his first time before the panels as USTR.

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