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Congress

(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.

(File Document)
May 22, 2009

(File Document)
May 21, 2009

(Daily News)
May 21, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) on May 20 introduced a bill that would ease U.S. trade and travel restrictions to Cuba.


(Daily News)
May 21, 2009

President Barack Obama Today (May 21) submitted to Congress the U.S.-United Arab Emirates Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, under which the U.S. would sell nuclear materials and equipment for research and power production in exchange for a commitment by the UAE that it will not enrich or reprocess fuel to produce bombs.


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