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(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.”


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December 11, 2019

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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.”


(Daily News)
December 09, 2019

President Trump on Monday said he was “hearing from unions” that end-stage U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement discussions were turning a corner, lauding what he called an abundance of “strides over the last 24 hours” amid reports that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was planning to travel to Mexico on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
December 08, 2019

After consulting the Mexican Senate on proposed changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Sunday that his government would consider accepting a late-stage U.S. steel demand if it is implemented more than five years after the pact enters into force.


(Daily News)
December 06, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering tariffs of up to 100 percent on a host of European goods including aircraft parts, agricultural goods and a variety of other products as part of its review of the retaliation it has imposed on the European Union for subsidies it provides to Airbus, according to a draft Federal Register notice set to be published next week.


(Daily News)
December 06, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week told the head of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development that the U.S. had concerns with a proposed tax framework crafted to pre-empt the need for digital services taxes and suggested a new approach the OECD warned could imperil the timeline for concluding the negotiations.


(In Trade)
December 06, 2019

Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene “urge the administration to support robust U.S. assistance for capacity building” through the Labor Department and USAID.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2019

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern about reports the Trump administration is willing to give up language on protections for biologic drugs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but one ardent supporter of strong data exclusivity provisions in trade deals suggested the move would not affect his support for USMCA.


(In Trade)
December 04, 2019

“We expect the president to sign the implementing proclamation for the United States next week,” USTR Lighthizer said in a statement.


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