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USTR

(Daily News)
January 09, 2006

Everett Eissenstat, the chief international trade counsel for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), is leaving the committee for a position with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, according to private sector sources.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2005

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman will sign a free trade agreement with Oman in Washington on January 19, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will likely announce today (Dec. 30) that it is unable to meet its target date of Jan. 1, 2006 for implementing a free trade agreement with any of the six Central American countries that signed it, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
December 28, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking to measure the interest of U.S. business groups in a potential free trade agreement with Switzerland, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
November 09, 2005

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Nov. 9) acknowledged that countries will miss their goal of agreeing to a specific blueprint for the Doha round at the Hong Kong ministerial in December. At the same time, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson announced that the goals for Hong Kong would have to be lowered given the large substantive differences among members.


(Daily News)
August 30, 2005

The legal twists and turns in the softwood lumber fight reflected in the U.S. victory at the World Trade Organization yesterday (Aug. 30) illustrate that only negotiations will ultimately solve the dispute between the U.S. and Canada, a U.S. trade official said today.


(Daily News)
July 08, 2005

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman will be attending the mini-ministerial hosted by the Chinese government next week to advance the Doha round, following the July 11 session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Beijing, a USTR spokesman said on July 8. However, it is still not certain that Portman will attend the entire meeting, which is scheduled for July 12 and 13, he said.


(Daily News)
May 17, 2005

Chief U.S. Agriculture Negotiator Allen Johnson later this year will leave his spot in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he has been involved in the Doha round of trade negotiations and in bilateral trade agreements, according to a U.S. trade official.


(Daily News)
May 04, 2005

PARIS --U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman today (May 4) offered an outline of what progress needs to be made in the World Trade Organization talks by July to ensure a positive outcome at the Hong Kong ministerial this December. Members hope to reach agreements on negotiating modalities in agriculture and non-agriculture market access (NAMA).


(Daily News)
April 28, 2005

Senate staffers said the full Senate was expected to vote late tonight (April 28) to confirm Rob Portman as the next U.S. Trade Representative, after Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) agreed to drop his hold on Portman. Some sources said the Senate was expected to vote on Portman as late as 11 p.m.


(Daily News)
April 26, 2005

Republican Senate leaders plan to press ahead with a floor vote on the nomination of Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) as the United States trade representative after the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved him on April 26.


(Daily News)
April 26, 2005

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously recommended that the Senate approve the Bush Administration’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH). The recommendation was given in a voice vote at a hearing today (April 26) on Social Security.


(Daily News)
April 20, 2005

The Senate is likely to confirm Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) as the next U.S. Trade Representative sometime next week following tomorrow’s confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee, according to a GOP aide. The aide said GOP leaders are aware of a May 4 meeting of trade ministers on the World Trade Organization negotiations, and would like Portman to be able to attend in his new capacity as USTR.


(Daily News)
February 18, 2005

The White House is likely to name a replacement for outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on an acting basis early next week, when he starts his new job as the Deputy Secretary of State, according to an informed source.


(Daily News)
February 18, 2005

The White House late today (Feb. 18) announced that Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier will be the acting USTR after Robert Zoellick leaves for the State Department.


(Daily News)
February 17, 2005

The Senate late last night (Feb. 16) confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick as the Deputy Secretary of State, and he is expected to leave his USTR slot very soon, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
January 31, 2005

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick last weekend signaled possible new U.S. flexibility on the tariff-reduction formula that would be used to slash industrial tariffs in developing countries.


(Daily News)
January 10, 2005

The Bush Administration and ambassadors from five Central American governments and the Dominican Republic will meet today to discuss the potential implications of a recently passed Guatemalan pharmaceutical law that the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office believes violates the provisions of the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).


(Daily News)
November 16, 2004

United States Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue today (Nov. 16) said that he is “not persuaded” that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick will leave early on in a second Bush Administration.


(Daily News)
October 13, 2004

A U.S. trade official today (Oct. 13) held open the possibility that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative would delay a procedural step with respect to the U.S.-Australia free-trade agreement that could delay its implementation on Jan. 1, 2005. That procedural step covers an exchange of diplomatic notes by which each country certifies that the other’s implementing legislation fulfills the obligations of the FTA.


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