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USTR

(Daily News)
December 18, 2019

Senate Finance Committee members Tim Scott (SC) and James Lankford (OK) believe the U.S. should prioritize efforts to strike a bilateral deal with New Zealand next year, a subject Scott said he recently raised with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.


(In Trade)
December 18, 2019

USTR’s overall “engagement score,” which gauges employee satisfaction, was 64.0 in 2019, up 6.2 points from last year and the highest since 2009.


(In Trade)
December 17, 2019

“There are a lot of barriers to trade there and there are a lot of other problems that we have to address.”


(In Trade)
December 17, 2019

The USTR this week has sat for two rare television interviews.


(In Trade)
December 17, 2019

The assessments of the deal's likely impact on employment, labor and the environment have not yet been made public.


(In Trade)
December 16, 2019

Earlier this month the upper house of the Japanese Diet approved the pacts after the lower house advanced them in November.


(In Trade)
December 15, 2019

Mexico's under secretary for North America laments the idea of labor attachés “whose function is not clear but Mexico will NEVER accept if ... disguised inspectors, for a simple reason: Mexican law prohibits it.”


(Daily News)
December 13, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing legislation, submitted to Congress on Friday, includes the creation of several interagency panels designated to oversee the implementation of the deal’s labor and auto rules, among other items.


(Daily News)
December 13, 2019

China agreed to increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion as part of a phase-one deal, including upping its buys of U.S. agricultural products to $40-50 billion per year, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters on Friday.


(Daily News)
December 13, 2019

The U.S.’ 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth Chinese goods will remain in place, but the 15 percent tariffs on about $120 billion on Chinese goods will be cut to 7.5 percent as part of a phase-one trade agreement, President Trump announced on Friday, adding the tariffs on $160 billion worth of goods slated to take effect Sunday were suspended.


(Daily News)
December 12, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee will not hold a mock markup of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill, trade subcommittee Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) said on Thursday, lamenting what he called a break from decades of precedent.


(In Trade)
December 12, 2019

Senior trade officials were slated to meet with the president on Thursday to discuss a Dec. 15 tariff deadline.


(In Trade)
December 11, 2019

BRT: “We are very disappointed that the deal announced yesterday removes or weakens important intellectual property protections.”


(In Trade)
December 11, 2019

“They dropped it due to pressure from industry and the many members of Congress who expressed concern.”


(File Document)
December 11, 2019

(File Document)
December 11, 2019

(Daily News)
December 10, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement will not be brought to a vote in the Senate before it adjourns for the year, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday, adding that the deal likely will be voted on after the Senate concludes its impeachment trial of President Trump.


(Daily News)
December 10, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), along with other Democrats, on Tuesday unveiled new tweaks to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and said a vote on an implementing bill could come as soon as next week.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2019

After discussing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday evening, key House Democrats said they expected an announcement of an adjusted deal to be made on Tuesday, when top officials from the three countries are slated to meet in Mexico.


(In Trade)
December 09, 2019

Morneau: “These companies are international and we want to make sure they pay their fair share in tax and don’t find a way around it.”


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