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Congress

(Daily News)
March 01, 2019

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week identified U.S.-China trade relations as a major factor shaping U.S. foreign policy this year, with many lawmakers questioning Washington’s strategy toward Beijing.


(In Trade)
March 01, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said a deal struck with Beijing would not be submitted to the Congress.


(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

“While we are deeply disappointed that both Canada and Mexico were unwilling to raise theirthresholds for express shipments to match the U.S. $800 level, lowering the U.S. threshold in response is contrary to well-demonstrated Congressional intent.”


(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

Products would be exempt from tariffs if they are not commercially available outside of China, if they will increase the cost of living for low- and middle-income families or if they do not directly benefit from Chinese non-market practices.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2019

Despite instructions from the House Appropriations Committee in a government funding package signed by the president earlier this month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday signaled that a product-exclusion process for tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be instituted only if the 10 percent tariffs are increased to 25 percent.


(In Trade)
February 27, 2019

Rep. Doggett says “you can seek it only through delegation of congressional authority and you’re required to submit such an agreement if you’re lowering U.S. tariffs,” but the USTR says “we’re not changing any tariff lines” and not going through TPA.


(In Trade)
February 27, 2019

The USTR testifies that the administration is feeling “real urgency” in light of CPTPP and the EU-Japan trade deal.


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

“The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations, and chambers of commerce, including many that operate outside of Washington, DC.”


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

Kimberly Reed, Trump’s pick to head the bank, was approved by voice vote, as were Judith DelZoppo Pryor and Spencer Bachus. All three were previously approved by the panel but their nominations did not receive floor votes.


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

Fifty-one percent favor its passage; 14 percent oppose it.


(In Trade)
February 25, 2019

“China Trade Deal (and more) in advanced stages,” President Trump tweeted on Monday.


(In Trade)
February 22, 2019

All three have previously been approved by the panel.


(Daily News)
February 21, 2019

House Democrats are drafting a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling for more balanced access to prescription drugs, urging USTR to achieve levels similar to those included in what is known as the May 10 agreement.


(In Trade)
February 21, 2019

“Maybe you think, as some analysts do, that the president won’t do it. He’ll just use these potential tariffs as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations. That’s a nice thought. I hope it’s true. But dealers no longer have the luxury of sitting back and hoping for the best.”


(Daily News)
February 20, 2019

Analysts and former government officials say the partial government shutdown, upcoming elections and national security-based tariffs could delay -- and perhaps thwart -- the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
February 20, 2019

The Feb. 27 hearing will come after U.S. and Chinese officials hold meetings in Washington, DC, this week.


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