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November 20, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) in a wide-ranging interview today (Nov. 20) expressed optimism that President-elect Barack Obama will support passage of the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements during his time in office, and said he will defer to the administration on whether legislation is needed to deal with Chinese trade barriers and currency manipulation.


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November 19, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week offered conflicting views on whether there may be a lame-duck session in December.


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November 18, 2008

Members of the House Democratic Caucus today (Nov. 18) elected Rep. John Larson (D-CT) as the Chairman of the Caucus to replace Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), and chose Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) as the deputy chairman over Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).


(Daily News)
November 13, 2008

In next week's elections for House leadership positions, long-time trade critic Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) seeks election to the position of vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, according to a House leadership aide.


(Daily News)
November 10, 2008

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), who will serve as White House chief of staff under President-elect Barack Obama, said yesterday (Nov. 9) that a vote on an economic stimulus package, which he stressed was necessary to address immediate economic needs, should not be linked to a vote on the controversial


(Daily News)
November 07, 2008

In his first news conference, President-elect Barack Obama today (Nov. 7) signaled he wants to act quickly to address the current economic crisis and emphasized the need for an economic stimulus package.


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

A major policy challenge for the administration of President-elect Barack Obama (D-IL) will be to manage congressional demands for tougher trade measures against China so that trade tensions do not escalate in a way that could disrupt the overriding U.S. interest in maintaining and fostering a broadly cooperative relationship with Beijing, according to think tank and private-sector sources.


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today (Nov. 5) said in the wake of Democratic electoral gains in both houses of Congress, she is in talks with the White House about what kind of economic stimulus package can be passed in an lame-duck session this month.


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

The composition of the Senate Finance Committee is set to change as a result of the Nov. 4 U.S. elections with one Republican member losing his seat, as New Hampshire Democrat Jean Shaheen beat Sen. John Sununu (R-NH).


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) plans to challenge current House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) for the chairmanship of that powerful committee in the next Congress, according to informed sources. Waxman is currently the second most senior Democrat on that powerful committee, which has jurisdiction over such issues as climate change and fuel economy standards.


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

The Nov. 4 election has led to the removal of two House Ways and Means Committee Republicans, Reps. Phil English (R-PA) and Jon Porter (R-NV).


(Daily News)
October 07, 2008

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said yesterday (Oct. 7) he expects the Brazilian side to press for a removal of U.S. tariffs on imported ethanol in bilateral meetings he will attend in Brazil this week. Though he endorsed the tariffs' removal, he said he did not see their repeal in the near future because it would require congressional action.


(Daily News)
October 02, 2008

The Senate has just approved by unanimous consent an extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), extending unilateral preferences to Colombia and Peru for one year and six months for Ecuador and Bolivia, with the option to renew it for another six months under certain conditions, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
October 01, 2008

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Charles Grassley (R-IA) is insisting that an extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) for Bolivia and Ecuador be limited to six months, half the time he would accept for Peru and Colombia, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
September 30, 2008

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) is coming under strong pressure from the Bush administration and business groups to follow the lead of the House, which this week passed a one-year extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programs, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
September 23, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said today (Sept. 23) that it is improbable that Congress will consider the pending free trade agreement with Colombia this year because Congress is wrestling with the terms of a Wall Street bailout and the duration and provisions of a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government after Sept. 30.


(Daily News)
September 18, 2008

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) this week said Congress will be unable to pass a bill reforming and expanding the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program in September, and cast doubt on whether the legislation could be passed at all this year by saying that he does not believe a lame duck session will occur.


(Daily News)
September 16, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) is not under pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to resign his chairmanship over revelations that he failed to properly disclose past income and meet the associated tax obligations, Rangel's lawyer Lanny Davis of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe said in a Sept. 16 press conference.


(Daily News)
September 16, 2008

Panamanian President Martín Torrijos is meeting this week with House and Senate members to attract more foreign investment and support for the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement, but said this does not include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


(Daily News)
September 10, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) said in a press conference today (Sept. 10) that he will not resign his post as committee chairman, something House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and the House Republican leaders demanded the previous day.


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