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(Daily News)
September 25, 2019

House Democrats working with the Trump administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement say a newly announced impeachment investigation into the president is unlikely to derail USMCA in Congress.

And the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), warned Democrats against mixing the two issues.


(Daily News)
September 24, 2019

A House working group tasked with negotiating U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues with the administration shares the AFL-CIO’s concerns over Mexico’s budget proposals for labor reform in 2020, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
September 24, 2019

The Trump administration should abandon its threat of Section 232 tariffs on Japanese autos and auto parts, which are crucial to the Japanese economy, to secure a deal with Tokyo, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday.


(In Trade)
September 23, 2019

“If other countries say ‘well this is just a trading chip in a battle between the United States and China,’ then we lose all credibility.”


(Daily News)
September 23, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has proposed changes to language that led to a 2017 U.S. loss in a labor case involving Guatemalan labor practices in his pitch to House Democrats working on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.


(In Trade)
September 23, 2019

“We do not believe a provision requiring parties to adopt a Section 512-style safe harbor system of the type mandated by Article 20.89 should continue to be included in future trade agreements.”


(Daily News)
September 20, 2019

Five House Democrats say they have learned “at the 11th hour” that a nascent U.S. trade deal with Japan will offer U.S. dairy farmers “inferior market access.”


(Daily News)
September 20, 2019

A group of House Democrats next week will present U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a response to the agency’s attempt to address concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said on Friday, adding that the two sides had agreed to “intensify” negotiations.


(In Trade)
September 20, 2019

“We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said.


(Daily News)
September 19, 2019

The House on Thursday passed a continuing resolution including language that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank until Nov. 21, which could buy the leaders of the House Financial Services Committee more time to negotiate a long-term reauthorization bill.


(Daily News)
September 19, 2019

Members of the House Democrats’ U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group plan to meet again with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday, with some lawmakers suggesting progress was being made while noting that the negotiations are far from over.


(In Trade)
September 18, 2019

“There's a lot of uncertainty in this industry. And this negotiation is looking for certainty for the next four years for these workers.”


(In Trade)
September 18, 2019

“The longer negotiations drag on, the tougher the situation for farmers, who face retaliatory tariffs as well as a lot of uncertainty about what markets are going to look like.”


(Daily News)
September 18, 2019

The National Foreign Trade Council on Wednesday announced the launch of a coalition it says will work with lawmakers to increase congressional oversight of presidential tariff authority.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2019

With U.S. lobster exports to China down more than 80 percent since June 2018, Massachusetts lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) are growing increasingly concerned about their state's industry, and asking for help in finding new markets.


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