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Congress

(In Trade)
December 16, 2020

Biden’s pick for USTR discussed “worker” and “environmental protections” with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Wednesday.


(Daily News)
December 15, 2020

Many of Mexico’s labor obligations under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement remain unimplemented, an independent review board says in its first report to Congress, outlining a slew of concerns while offering recommendations for how the country can better fulfill its commitments.


(In Trade)
December 15, 2020

“Congress largely remained on the sidelines as trade disruptions caused havoc throughout the U.S. agricultural economy.”


(Daily News)
December 15, 2020

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday said renewing the Generalized System of Preferences could be “very difficult” before it expires at the end of the year.


(In Trade)
December 14, 2020

Exclusion extensions would “help with pandemic response” and “save jobs, businesses, and livelihoods,” they wrote.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2020

A new mechanism to address trans-Atlantic data flows must be a top priority for the Biden administration, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said this week, joining other senators in exhorting administration officials and private-sector representatives to map a path forward following a European court's invalidation of Privacy Shield.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2020

Citing fears of “possible anticompetitive behavior,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has asked U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Jason Kearns to explain how the agency conducts investigations and decides whether to extend cases.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2020

The U.S. should “embrace” Europe’s recent overture to improve trade relations with the U.S. and forge a new arrangement to counter China’s “intensifying” ambitions, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said this week.


(Daily News)
December 10, 2020

U.S.-Ecuador trade negotiations during the Biden administration might prove even more constructive than they were under President Trump, the country’s ambassador to the U.S., Ivonne Baki, told Inside U.S. Trade this week.


(Daily News)
December 10, 2020

Even a one-day lapse of the Generalized System of Preferences program would be “too much” for industry to handle, Eric Byer, the CEO and president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors, told Inside U.S. Trade this week.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday laid out a four-pronged argument against Canada’s tariff-rate quota allocation measures in requesting dispute settlement consultations with Ottawa under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

As Democrats push for changes to the Generalized System of Preferences program ahead of its expiration date at the end of the month, House Ways & Means Committee ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX) and business groups are pushing back and calling for a clean extension.


(In Trade)
December 09, 2020

The panel includes representative from the Commerce, Defense, Interior and State departments as well as “rotating members” from other agencies.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

Democratic House members on Wednesday blasted the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for the “manner, speed and timing” of its limited trade arrangement with Ecuador, signed earlier this week.


(In Trade)
December 09, 2020

“While I respect the view that changes are needed to the program, I support a clean extension that allows us to consider changes under regular order.”


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

As lawmakers work to advance a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement technical corrections package, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday expressed frustration that a late debate over foreign trade zone language continues to delay the process.


(Daily News)
December 08, 2020

House Ways & Means trade subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation this week that would extend the Generalized System of Preferences program by six months and add several new criteria he says will strengthen the initiative’s efficacy.


(Daily News)
December 07, 2020

A new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill should be included in an omnibus spending package under development in Congress this month, a coalition of 214 companies and associations told congressional leaders last week, though efforts to fashion a new MTB before the current one expires at the end of the year have hit some snags.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2020

The fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill agreed to by the House and Senate this week would establish programs designed to help the semiconductor industry and counter China by creating a multilateral fund to back a secure semiconductor supply chain with allies and provide more federal funding to match domestic investments.


(In Trade)
December 03, 2020

The Georgia Democrat beat out Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), while Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) retained the chairmanship of the Ways & Means Committee.


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