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Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News)
April 01, 2011

The Obama administration is holding frequent discussions with members of Congress to determine which parts of the so-called May 10 agreement it should pursue in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, House Ways and Means trade subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said today (April 1).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 01, 2011
The United States this week held initial discussions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations on its proposals for the parts of an environmental chapter covering disciplines on fisheries subsidies, shark preservation, illegal trade in wildlife and plant products, and illegal logging, according to a U.S. trade official.
(Daily News)
March 17, 2011

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has told House Ways and Means Committee members the Obama administration is developing a number of proposals aimed at promoting regulatory coherence on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues among signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to ensure that U.S. food exports face fewer hurdles, according to his written responses to questions they posed.

(Daily News)
February 25, 2011

In the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the United States has thus far held off on tabling any legal text on the "May 10" issues -- which are labor rights, environmental protections, and patent protections -- and is still conducting consultations on those issues, a U.S. trade official said this week in an interview.

(Daily News)
February 23, 2011

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) is drafting a letter which urges President Barack Obama to press Japan to fully open up its market to U.S. beef imports, and says that doing so should be a deciding factor in whether Japan is allowed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade negotiations.

(Daily News)
February 22, 2011

The nine countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have agreed to exchange initial offers on services market access, investment and government procurement before the next round, which will kick off in late March, according to a Feb. 18 press release issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.