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(Daily News)
June 16, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) told Inside U.S. Trade today (June 16) that he believes a climate change bill approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee violates World Trade Organization rules with its provision that could authorize the U.S. to impose a tariff on imports from countries that fail to take measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


(Daily News)
June 16, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a private conversation within the last two weeks told Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) that a vote on the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement would "probably" happen this year, but not until after the August recess, Cuellar said this week.


(File Document)
June 15, 2009

(Daily News)
June 15, 2009

President Barack Obama's nominee for undersecretary of state for arms control and nonproliferation, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), this week said she would consider easing export controls on commercial communication satellites by moving them from State Department control to the Commerce Control List (CCL), provided this would be consistent with U.S. “foreign policy and national security objectives.”


(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The House Ways and Means Committee will likely refrain from holding a formal markup on the trade and revenue elements of the climate change bill passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, largely because there is little consensus among panel members as to what extent the bill should be changed, according to informed sources.

(File Document)
June 12, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) this week said he does not expect Congress to consider any pending free trade agreements this year, because of the crowded congressional calendar and because the Obama administration does not want the controversial issue of trade to get in the way of its domestic legislative priorities.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) late last week criticized the Obama administration for its failure to consult with the committee on its decision to hold off on seeking a vote on the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement until health care legislation has passed Congress and the president has laid out a new economic framework into which to fit trade initiatives.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a May 29 report concluded that food aid in the form of local and regional purchases using money provided by a donor country has the potential to reduce the cost and delivery time compared to in-kind food aid.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The House yesterday (June 11) passed a bill that would give duty-free access for selected apparel, textiles and other items from Afghanistan and Pakistan produced in so-called Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) as part of a larger Pakistan aid bill.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee this week approved by voice vote a food safety bill that cuts in half the annual registration fee for companies and scales back the country-of-origin labeling requirement for processed foods compared to a discussion draft unveiled in late May by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Chairman Emeritus John Dingell (D-MI).

(File Document)
June 12, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The House of Representatives this week passed a bill containing language that would ease satellite export controls as well as require the administration to report to Congress on its plans to "streamline" export controls to better serve the science and research community. Report language on the bill generated by the House Foreign Affairs Committee urges the administration to move most satellites to the dual-use Commerce Control List (CCL), using the new authority contained in the bill.

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