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(Daily News)
November 19, 2019

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is holding out support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement in hopes of extracting more concessions from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, one House Democrat tasked with negotiating labor provisions with USTR said, while other lawmakers believe the two sides are close to a deal.


(Daily News)
November 19, 2019

Republican Senate Finance Committee members Rob Portman (OH) and Tim Scott (SC) said the administration’s lack of announcement on the Section 232 auto probe this month suggests the president may forgo imposing tariffs on key allies.


(In Trade)
November 19, 2019

“I think by the time [a deal] gets done we’ve got something that’s going to pass the Senate very easily.”


(In Trade)
November 19, 2019

No administration officials are scheduled to appear at Wednesday’s hearing.


(In Trade)
November 19, 2019

The “Play by the Rules Act” would give the Commerce Department greater flexibility to review anti-circumvention petitions filed against non-market economies.


(In Trade)
November 18, 2019

Last month the AFL-CIO leader warned that a vote before Thanksgiving could lead to the deal’s defeat.


(Daily News)
November 18, 2019

While an early trade deal with Japan should significantly reduce barriers for U.S. consumers, the Trump administration should push to complete a comprehensive agreement with Tokyo that conforms with World Trade Organization rules and goes beyond the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in some key areas, according to a group of advisers to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


(Daily News)
November 15, 2019

The House on Friday approved Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for 10 years.


(Daily News)
November 15, 2019

A group of tax-focused organizations on Friday came out against a link of a multi-employer pension bill to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an idea House Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) and other lawmakers have contemplated as a means of ensuring both are passed by Congress.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2019

Key House Democrats negotiating outstanding U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement concerns with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are waiting for administration officials to put their agreements in writing before moving forward, they said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2019

House lawmakers are pressing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for more information on initial and broader trade deals with Tokyo, questioning how the agency says it is upholding key tenets of a 2015 trade law.


(In Trade)
November 14, 2019

The House Ways & Means Committee chairman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were set to speak with USTR Robert Lighthizer on Thursday.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2019

A resolution between the Trump administration and House Democrats over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is “imminent,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday.


(Daily News)
November 13, 2019

The exclusion of restrictive language on Chinese state-owned enterprises in an Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill crafted by House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) will not hinder the legislation’s success in the Senate, a member of the Senate Banking Committee said on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
November 13, 2019

The president claimed the U.S. had “encouraged Turkey to further open their markets and they are doing that very much … and rapidly.”


(Daily News)
November 13, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week is expected to announce a delay of a Section 232 action based on the national security implications of auto and auto-parts imports and instead issue a report that includes auto industry investment plans crafted to stave off the imposition of trade restrictions, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
November 13, 2019

Witnesses have not yet been named for the Nov. 20 hearing.


(Daily News)
November 12, 2019

A compromise bill crafted to curb presidential tariff authorities spearheaded by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) won’t be put before the panel before the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is passed by Congress, the chairman said on Tuesday.


(In Trade)
November 11, 2019

Portman spoke about his bill to reform Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion act, China’s entry into the WTO, and trade deals that don’t involve Congress.


(In Trade)
November 08, 2019

“We have long been concerned about the lack of transparency and consistency in the Department of Commerce’s Section 232 tariff exclusion process.”


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