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August 01, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates condemned the Trump administration’s trade policy during a second round of debates this week, with frontrunner Joe Biden saying he would not support a new North American Free Trade Agreement unless it was renegotiated with labor groups at the table.

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July 31, 2019

As it works on a potential trade deal with Japan, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is eyeing provisions in trade law allowing for unilateral tariff changes that do not require congressional approval, according to sources familiar with the talks.

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Trade negotiations between the United States and China this week focused on China's purchases of U.S. agricultural products, according to both sides, but outside the negotiating room they continued to trade barbs despite claiming progress was being made.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is working on a “rapid-response” enforcement approach for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that borrows heavily from a proposal introduced by two key Democratic senators earlier this year, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.

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July 30, 2019

Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday addressed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enforcement options that the Trump administration and House Democrats might consider as they work to reach agreement on areas of concern with the deal.

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The newly appointed UK trade secretary on Tuesday said her top priority was securing a trade deal with the U.S. “as soon as possible.”

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July 29, 2019

A group of House Democrats in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group is demanding answers from a Mexican Goodyear plant after lawmakers were denied entry there earlier this month.

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France hopes G7 leaders can reach a consensus on how to move forward on digital taxation next month, laying the groundwork for a broader agreement among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -- and for France to lift its digital services tax, the country's economy minister said on Saturday.

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July 26, 2019

In a progress report sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday, the House Democrats' U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group said it intended to send detailed text to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer next week, calling on USTR to respond with counteroffers.

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The White House on Friday threatened to stop affording some developing countries special and differential at the World Trade Organization, but how the U.S. might follow through on the ultimatum remains unclear, analysts said.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday took action against illegal logging in Peru, barring a Peruvian company from exporting timber into the U.S. -- a move that may help the administration ease Democrats’ concerns over the enforceability of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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After an enforcement-centric meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday, several U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group members said a contentious “panel-blocking” issue with the deal's dispute-settlement approach remained unresolved.

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New Democrat Coalition members this week encouraged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue working with a group of House lawmakers on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues before moving forward with ratification, hoping they can make progress even during the August congressional recess, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) told Inside U.S. Trade.

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July 25, 2019

The U.S. and India should set an ambitious goal for their trading relationship to better manage trade tensions between the two countries, the head of a major business group tells Inside U.S. Trade.

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Business groups flocked to Capitol Hill this week to push for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ahead of a lengthy congressional recess, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to boost efforts to promote the deal on lawmaker's home turf.

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Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Thursday introduced a bill that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for 10 years.

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July 24, 2019

With five months remaining before the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body could be paralyzed by a lack of members, WTO members beseeched the U.S. at the General Council meeting this week to outline its desired Appellate Body reforms so members can work to keep the dispute settlement system intact.

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Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the House chief deputy whip, said on Wednesday that Congress would pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement this year, hinting at a significant number of Democrats likely to support it.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday briefed several Senate Republicans on the state of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement talks with Democrats as well as high-level U.S.-China discussions slated to resume in Shanghai next week.

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July 23, 2019

A team of U.S. negotiators led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will head to China next week for the first in-person meeting with China’s trade team since May, but the two sides are not on track to resolve any of the outstanding issues that led to the negotiations breaking down in May, according to sources following the talks.

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