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Congress

(Daily News)
March 08, 2019

A coalition of border state organizations and companies, along with Arizona lawmakers, is pushing back against the Trump administration's announcement last month of its intent to withdraw from a suspension agreement with Mexico over fresh tomatoes.


(In Trade)
March 07, 2019

Washington state's congressional delegation is urging Lighthizer to prioritize sanitary and phytosanitary issues, specifically for apples, in talks with Tokyo.


(Daily News)
March 06, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has instructed his staff to work with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Democrats to craft a bill restricting President Trump's national-security tariff powers that would win enough support to override a veto, he said on Wednesday.


(Daily News)
March 06, 2019

House Ways & Means Committee ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Wednesday blasted a proposal released by France’s Finance Ministry that would tax technology companies -- including U.S.-based giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google -- for digital sales made in France.


(Daily News)
March 05, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday that the removal of Section 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico was the “first step” toward the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, after which some Democratic concerns about the deal's environmental and labor provisions would have to be “accommodated.”


(In Trade)
March 05, 2019

Grassley: “Overall, it’s been a force for good in moving global commerce forward. But reform and oversight are critical to the proper functioning of institutions, and the WTO is no exception.”


(In Trade)
March 05, 2019

“We asked for it and they told us the White House was going to make a decision on it.”


(Daily News)
March 05, 2019

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday said the administration decided to terminate India’s preferential trade treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences because New Delhi “hasn’t engaged enough” on market-access issues.


(Daily News)
March 01, 2019

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week identified U.S.-China trade relations as a major factor shaping U.S. foreign policy this year, with many lawmakers questioning Washington’s strategy toward Beijing.


(In Trade)
March 01, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said a deal struck with Beijing would not be submitted to the Congress.


(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

“While we are deeply disappointed that both Canada and Mexico were unwilling to raise theirthresholds for express shipments to match the U.S. $800 level, lowering the U.S. threshold in response is contrary to well-demonstrated Congressional intent.”


(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

Products would be exempt from tariffs if they are not commercially available outside of China, if they will increase the cost of living for low- and middle-income families or if they do not directly benefit from Chinese non-market practices.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2019

Despite instructions from the House Appropriations Committee in a government funding package signed by the president earlier this month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday signaled that a product-exclusion process for tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be instituted only if the 10 percent tariffs are increased to 25 percent.


(In Trade)
February 27, 2019

Rep. Doggett says “you can seek it only through delegation of congressional authority and you’re required to submit such an agreement if you’re lowering U.S. tariffs,” but the USTR says “we’re not changing any tariff lines” and not going through TPA.


(In Trade)
February 27, 2019

The USTR testifies that the administration is feeling “real urgency” in light of CPTPP and the EU-Japan trade deal.


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

“The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations, and chambers of commerce, including many that operate outside of Washington, DC.”


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

Kimberly Reed, Trump’s pick to head the bank, was approved by voice vote, as were Judith DelZoppo Pryor and Spencer Bachus. All three were previously approved by the panel but their nominations did not receive floor votes.


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

Fifty-one percent favor its passage; 14 percent oppose it.


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