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Congress

(In Trade)
March 27, 2019

The senators eye Section 232, say “Section 301 would be subject to further congressional scrutiny, more directly involving the United States Trade Representative working with congressional committees.”


(Daily News)
March 27, 2019

As the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity meets in Paris this week, the Congressional Steel Caucus on Tuesday heard from domestic companies that want the U.S. to maintain robust Section 232 tariffs.


(In Trade)
March 27, 2019

Sen. Wicker and Rep. Garamendi urge Lighthizer and others to ensure “any agreement negotiated with China involving increased purchases of American energy require that U.S.-flag vessels employing American mariners play a key role in the export of crude oil and LNG.”


(In Trade)
March 27, 2019

“Any restrictions imposed by the president would be limited to a defined period of time unless extended by an Act of Congress.”


(In Trade)
March 26, 2019

Ways & Means trade panel ranking member Vern Buchanan said he was “optimistic. We've got a lot of momentum. [Lighthizer] was there to talk about a meeting with Democrats. It seems like there's some momentum there as well.”


(Daily News)
March 26, 2019

Labor group representatives on Tuesday offered lawmakers suggestions for how the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could be reworked to include sufficient labor enforcement mechanisms, with the AFL-CIO pitching an option that would give citizens standing to sue governments if the deal's dispute settlement process went awry.


(Daily News)
March 26, 2019

After fielding several concerns from Democratic lawmakers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday rebutted claims that provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would lead to higher drug prices for U.S. consumers.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2019

“Our sales taxes are down, hotels are sitting with empty rooms, restaurants are not full, foreign deposits are down in our local banks. If we want to keep our economy robust we need to create a safe environment for people in Mexico to travel to our region.”


(Daily News)
March 25, 2019

The Court of International Trade on Monday ruled that President Trump's imposition of steel tariffs based on national security was constitutional, though one of the three judges filed a separate opinion outlining “grave” concerns.


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

“Please explain … why Commerce feels that domestic automakers are unable to sufficiently plan for their own long-term success absent government intervention.”


(Daily News)
March 22, 2019

As Mexico's government works to implement a package of labor reforms called for in the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement, several different proposals are under consideration in the Mexican Congress -- and opposition in the business community is mounting.


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

USMCA, he writes, “presents a unique opportunity for the United States and Canada to come to an agreement to terminate provincial wine taxation and regulation schemes that discourage Canadians from buying N.Y. wines.”


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos suggests the battle over the deal's ratification could include requests for “concessions that have nothing to do with the USMCA,” such as tax policy changes or an increase in the federal minimum wage.


(In Trade)
March 21, 2019

The group said it “supports following the Trade Promotion Authority process and will work closely with Democrats and Republicans and the Administration to build the necessary support to pass a USMCA bill that will sustain free trade in North America and open new markets.”


(Daily News)
March 20, 2019

As discussions on how to resolve a Section 232 tariff dispute with Canada and Mexico continue, sources say a host of factors could keep the restrictions in place for some time, with President Trump insisting that quotas or tariffs be applied despite pushback from both countries and the prospect of further complications for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
March 19, 2019

No word yet on witnesses for the March 26 hearing.


(In Trade)
March 18, 2019

“Efforts to further delegate authority of the Congress’ power to impose tariffs to the executive branch, including ‘reciprocal’ or ‘retaliatory’ tariffs, should be rejected.”


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