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(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

As Democrats push for changes to the Generalized System of Preferences program ahead of its expiration date at the end of the month, House Ways & Means Committee ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX) and business groups are pushing back and calling for a clean extension.


(In Trade)
December 09, 2020

The panel includes representative from the Commerce, Defense, Interior and State departments as well as “rotating members” from other agencies.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

Democratic House members on Wednesday blasted the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for the “manner, speed and timing” of its limited trade arrangement with Ecuador, signed earlier this week.


(In Trade)
December 09, 2020

“While I respect the view that changes are needed to the program, I support a clean extension that allows us to consider changes under regular order.”


(Daily News)
December 09, 2020

As lawmakers work to advance a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement technical corrections package, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday expressed frustration that a late debate over foreign trade zone language continues to delay the process.


(Daily News)
December 08, 2020

House Ways & Means trade subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation this week that would extend the Generalized System of Preferences program by six months and add several new criteria he says will strengthen the initiative’s efficacy.


(Daily News)
December 07, 2020

A new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill should be included in an omnibus spending package under development in Congress this month, a coalition of 214 companies and associations told congressional leaders last week, though efforts to fashion a new MTB before the current one expires at the end of the year have hit some snags.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2020

The fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill agreed to by the House and Senate this week would establish programs designed to help the semiconductor industry and counter China by creating a multilateral fund to back a secure semiconductor supply chain with allies and provide more federal funding to match domestic investments.


(In Trade)
December 03, 2020

The Georgia Democrat beat out Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), while Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) retained the chairmanship of the Ways & Means Committee.


(Daily News)
December 03, 2020

The U.S. can show its commitment to bolster economic engagement with Indo-Pacific countries by “renegotiating” a multilateral trade agreement with them, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
December 03, 2020

As President-elect Joe Biden works to shape a trade policy he says will empower American workers, the new House chief deputy whip, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), is urging colleagues to confront those within the party who endorse “reflexive rather than reflective” trade positions -- and work to bridge gaps with more pro-trade lawmakers.


(Daily News)
December 02, 2020

Additional eligibility criteria are needed to improve the Generalized System of Preferences, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) said this week, elaborating on Democrats’ hopes to secure changes in areas like human rights and the environment.


(Daily News)
December 01, 2020

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to preserve U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement language benefiting foreign trade zone users instead of changing it in a technical corrections bill under consideration.


(Daily News)
December 01, 2020

A slew of Democratic demands tied to the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences program -- set to expire this month -- are “not very appropriate,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday, suggesting they could jeopardize the chances of an extension.


(In Trade)
December 01, 2020

“France’s decision to collect a discriminatory digital services tax next month represents an escalation against American employers and leave more U.S. industries open to unfair foreign taxes.”


(Daily News)
November 25, 2020

A group of American companies and trade associations plans to send congressional leaders a letter next week urging “immediate passage” of the Generalized System of Preferences, ideally in early December.


(In Trade)
November 24, 2020

“I can’t stress how important that is.”


(Daily News)
November 18, 2020

The U.S. and the European Union should counter Chinese trade practices aimed at boosting its rise in high-tech areas by reforming the World Trade Organization, rekindling trans-Atlantic trade talks and coordinating on technology policy, according to a report issued Wednesday by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republicans.


(In Trade)
November 18, 2020

“Prices have followed supply, and growers are now reporting tumbling prices across the board for vegetables.”


(In Trade)
November 18, 2020

“We have a record-high workload across all mission areas. Unfortunately, our resources have not kept pace.”


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