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November 26, 2019

In securing an initial deal with Japan, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not meet several of the negotiating objectives required by law, according to an advisory group that includes representatives from states, counties and municipal governments.

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November 25, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador this week will send a communiqué to Capitol Hill asking for no further U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement delays, he said on Monday.

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As a U.S. trade delegation visited New Delhi last week, U.S. industry sources expressed some optimism about the pace of negotiations on a limited trade deal but said they were unsure whether a resolution could be reached before the end of 2019 and the start of U.S. presidential elections.

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November 22, 2019

The U.S. this week lobbed a new criticism at the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, arguing that the WTO compensation structure incentivizes the use of Rule 15, which allows former Appellate Body members to work on pending appeals after their term has ended.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission determined on Friday that the U.S. industry has been harmed by dumped fresh tomatoes from Mexico, meaning a suspension agreement signed earlier this year by the Commerce Department and Mexican tomato growers will remain in effect.

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Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies on Thursday approved a 2020 federal budget that includes additional funding for the implementation of labor reforms required under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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The Chinese military has not invaded Hong Kong and killed thousands of protesters because President Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that doing so would have a “tremendous negative impact” on the chances the U.S. and China would reach a trade deal, Trump claimed during a Friday interview on Fox News.

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November 21, 2019

The ongoing U.S. block of new nominations to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body has given the U.S. leverage to enact reform of the body, but the window for solutions could be limited as operating without the formal appeals system becomes the new normal, analysts said on Thursday.

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A major auto dealers group says it would consider mounting a legal challenge if President Trump moves forward with Section 232 tariffs on autos because of a Court of International Trade opinion last week in a case involving similar tariffs on Turkish steel.

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House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said he will send U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer another set of counterproposals after the two sides narrowed differences over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday.

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House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said he will send U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer another set of counterproposals after the two sides narrowed differences over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday questioned whether a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement vote could happen before the end of the year.

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November 20, 2019

Mexico’s lower house for the second time in two weeks has delayed approval of its FY2020 budget due to protests occurring outside of the Chamber of Deputies, pushing back the timeline for Mexico to approve funds to implement labor reforms that U.S. labor groups deem critical to their support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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Several members of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee on Wednesday blasted the administration for neglecting to conduct meaningful consultations during their negotiations with Japan as required by the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority law.

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The U.S. on Tuesday knocked China for pulling out of the Global Steel Forum, arguing at the World Trade Organization that the steel overcapacity problem can only be solved if the largest producers -- like China -- take part.

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A World Trade Organization compliance panel last week found the U.S. had appropriately labeled an Indian minerals corporation as a public body despite India’s claim that the Commerce Department again misapplied the controversial standard when it issued new final determinations following a 2014 Appellate Body report.

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November 19, 2019

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is holding out support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement in hopes of extracting more concessions from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, one House Democrat tasked with negotiating labor provisions with USTR said, while other lawmakers believe the two sides are close to a deal.

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Republican Senate Finance Committee members Rob Portman (OH) and Tim Scott (SC) said the administration’s lack of announcement on the Section 232 auto probe this month suggests the president may forgo imposing tariffs on key allies.

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The Court of International Trade last week denied a Trump administration motion to dismiss a challenge lodged by a U.S. importer of steel products over the president’s decision last August to ratchet up Section 232 tariffs on steel from Turkey.

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November 18, 2019

While an early trade deal with Japan should significantly reduce barriers for U.S. consumers, the Trump administration should push to complete a comprehensive agreement with Tokyo that conforms with World Trade Organization rules and goes beyond the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in some key areas, according to a group of advisers to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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