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Congress

(Daily News)
April 08, 2021

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants the U.S. to strengthen its relationships with Asia-Pacific and European allies by striking trade agreements that cover digital goods as well as more comprehensive deals, unveiling a sweeping bill on Thursday that also calls for cooperation with allies on technology-focused trade restrictions as a means to counter China’s growing global influence.


(In Trade)
April 08, 2021

House Ways & Means Committee Republicans on Thursday urged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to defend U.S. business and not put them at a disadvantage in ongoing tax talks at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


(Daily News)
April 07, 2021

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a resolution that would direct the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to resume Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations at the World Trade Organization within 90 days.


(Daily News)
April 06, 2021

More than four dozen lawmakers are pressing U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to negotiate an agreement to end all tariffs on distilled spirits and wine between the U.S. and Europe, arguing the U.S. whiskey industry, in particular, has suffered significantly and will face an even larger burden when tariffs increase on June 1.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2021

Two Republican lawmakers from Wisconsin on Wednesday sent U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai a list of questions about the Section 301 tariff exclusion process that they say former USTR Robert Lighthizer failed to adequately answer before leaving office.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

The infrastructure plan the Biden administration is set to release on Wednesday endorses a range of congressional proposals aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing and innovation to compete with China in high-tech areas and calls on Congress to fund many of the proposed initiatives.


(Daily News)
March 30, 2021

Congress and the administration should start working now to renew Trade Promotion Authority so the U.S. is able to pursue future trade goals, such as concluding negotiations with the United Kingdom, opening new markets in Africa and potentially even rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The U.S. must better understand the “gendered impacts of trade” to shape more effective policy, a senior adviser to Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) said on Friday, noting continued Government Accountability Office work the senator hopes will shed more light on how U.S. trade agreements affect women-owned businesses.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The co-chairs of the congressional Digital Trade Caucus want U.S. Trade Representative Katherina Tai to “embrace a bold digital trade strategy” that pushes back on what they allege are protectionist and discriminatory policies originating in Europe and Asia.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2021

The senators want a trade deal that “provides high levels of labor rights and environmental protection as soon as possible.”


(In Trade)
March 25, 2021

 “Our partnership on facilitating trusted data flows will support economic recovery after the global pandemic, to the benefit of citizens and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.”


(Daily News)
March 25, 2021

Ecuador’s upcoming change in administration will not alter the country’s focus on bolstering trade with the U.S., a senior Ecuadorian trade official who met with U.S. lawmakers and interest groups this week tells Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
March 19, 2021

The bill would also create a Supply Chain Advisory Council and National Manufacturing Guard.


(Daily News)
March 19, 2021

SK Innovation Board of Directors Chairman Kim Jong-hoon was in Washington, DC, this week to deliver an ultimatum to the Biden administration: Overturn the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ban on SKI imports of electric battery vehicle components or lose billions in investment, Kim told Inside U.S. Trade on Thursday.


(In Trade)
March 18, 2021

Thirty-six lawmakers say the Biden administration should “hold China accountable to the agreed-upon terms and commitments.”


(Daily News)
March 18, 2021

Two key Democratic congressmen are calling for stronger enforcement measures against seafood imports caught through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing after the U.S. International Trade Commission released a report that found 11 percent of U.S. seafood imports are derived via illicit means.


(Daily News)
March 18, 2021

As automakers work to ramp up production of electric vehicles while trying to comply with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s stringent rules of origin, Congress can help companies “reckon” with the challenge by mapping out battery supply chains, the co-chair of a new Democratic working group on domestic manufacturing said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
March 17, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday warned Democrats against tacking on unrelated provisions to a legislative package aimed at countering China and boosting U.S. competitiveness in science and technology.


(Daily News)
March 17, 2021

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Katherine Tai to be President Biden’s U.S. Trade Representative, clearing the way for her to become the 19th USTR in U.S. history. 


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