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Congress

(Daily News)
June 01, 2009

Eight House Democrats today (June 1) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking it to conduct a study of the activities of former U.S. trade officials that have entered the private sector and are now representing and advising foreign interests.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 29, 2009

A food safety bill discussion draft released by key House members this week limits the amount of user fees charged to food companies compared to a proposal unveiled in January but retains the requirement that imported foods be certified as meeting U.S. standards by private third parties or foreign governments.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 29, 2009

Following this week's recess, congressional trade committees may decide on a schedule of trade issues they can take up this year to fill the void in the trade agenda created by last week's signal from the Obama administration that it will not submit the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement for a congressional vote in the near term.

(File Document)
May 26, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

Following years of industry lobbying, the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week approved legislation that would reverse a decade-old export control policy for satellites and components for all destinations except for China.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

Roughly one fifth of House Democrats yesterday (May 21) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to work with them on developing a new trade model in cooperation with the Obama administration, emphasizing that the pending Panama free trade agreement must be renegotiated to reflect such a new approach.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

The House Foreign Affairs Committee this week passed a bill including language to step up resources available at U.S. embassies to help countries address intellectual property rights (IPR) protection problems.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

The Office of Government Ethics this week took a step toward congressional consideration of two nominations put forward by President Barack Obama by releasing the financial disclosure forms for Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), who is nominated to be the State Department undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and Frank Sanchez, who is nominated to be the Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade.

(Daily News)
May 22, 2009

A coalition of business groups this week urged prompt Senate Finance Committee action on a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB), arguing that failure to do so will mean higher costs for U.S. companies, according to this May 20 letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA).


(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

Senate Finance Committee staff has been working intensively with the staff of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reach a compromise on demands by Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) that sponsors of tariff suspension bills to be included in a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) identify any lobbyist and their firm engaged in lobbying regarding each suspension bill.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

Language approved this week by the House Foreign Affairs Committee would aim to bolster the U.S. government's focus on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as help U.S. small businesses benefit from the forum. Committee members at a May 20 markup of the foreign relations authorization bill for 2010 and 2011 approved by voice vote the APEC amendment brought by Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

Four House members this week criticized moves by General Motors and Chrysler LLC to close auto plants in the United States, and in the case of GM plans to increase production in other countries and import finished autos for sale in the United States as part of their restructuring plans designed to restore profitability.

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