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New Dems Seek To Corral 40 House Democrats To Vote For TPA Bill

The House New Democrat Coalition is aiming to get 40 House Democrats to vote in favor of a new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, and plans to ramp up its whip efforts to lock down those votes once legislation is introduced and scheduled to move, according to congressional sources.

In Key Shift, NPPC Cites 'Significant Progress' In Japan's TPP Offer On Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has signaled for the first time that Japan has made significant progress in its bilateral talks with the United States toward meeting its demands that Tokyo eliminate all tariff and non-tariff barriers on pork under a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

Lack Of TPA Bill Poses Challenge To Business Effort To Sway Freshmen

The head of one of the largest U.S. business lobbies is signaling that his group's effort to rally support among freshman lawmakers for renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is being hung up by the simple fact that there is currently no pending piece of TPA legislation that it can point to.

Malaysian Minister Highlights ASEAN As Trade Priority Along With TPP, RCEP

Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed last week signaled that his government's main trade policy priorities are economic integration within Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Agreement (RCEP), though he seemed to place the greatest importance on the ASEAN initiative.

Hatch, Ryan, Wyden Aim To Introduce TPA Bill After Third Week Of February: Sources

Updated: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-WI) have set a target of introducing a new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill following the President's Day recess, according to congressional sources.

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  • ITC Vote Sets Stage For New Duties On Solar Products From China, Taiwan

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Jan. 21 found the U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with injury by imports of solar energy products from China and Taiwan, in a step that paves the way for the U.S. to slap duties on solar products from China for the second time in three years.

  • Obama Asks Both Parties To Give Him TPA; Makes Case For Trade Deals

    President Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Jan. 20 called on both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), while making a more forceful case than he has in past years for trade agreements currently under negotiation with Asia-Pacific countries and the European Union.

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  • Cutler Says Tokyo Talks Focused On Fast Track, Need For Strong TPP

    Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler last week summed up three days of negotiations with her Japanese counterparts on agriculture and auto trade in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by saying that they afforded her an opportunity to update them on relevant developments in Washington.

  • EU Chief Negotiator: TPA Will Be Barometer Of U.S. Commitment To TTIP

    Brussels' chief negotiator for the U.S.-EU free trade talks this week indicated that a potential bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the U.S. Congress will be an barometer of how committed the U.S. is to the negotiations , and warned Congress and the European Parliament against taking hard lines on their offensive and defensive goals.

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TPP Round In NYC; TPA Bill Unlikely; Froman Testifies; EGA Round

This week is shaping up to be one of the busiest for U.S. trade policy so far this year, with the United States hosting an informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round in snowy New York City and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman heading up to Capitol Hill to testify before both trade committees on the president's trade agenda. Inside U.S. Trade will have a reporter on the ground covering the TPP negotiations in New York.

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01/23/2015

GOP Gains One Seat, Dems Lose Two On New House Ag Committee

The composition of the House Agriculture Committee has shifted slightly to further favor Republicans in the new Congress, according to information released on Wednesday (Jan. . . .

01/21/2015

Coalition Of Business, Farm, Labor Interests Plans Anti-TPA Lobby Push

The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), a group representing agriculture, labor and manufacturing interests, is planning to fly its board members to Washington in . . .

01/21/2015

ITC Vote Sets Stage For New Duties On Solar Products From China, Taiwan

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday (Jan. 21) found the U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with injury by imports of solar . . .

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More Than Half Of Freshman Dems Slam TPA, TPP In Letter To Obama

A group of nine freshman House Democrats have declared their opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and they expressed strong reservations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a letter sent to President Obama just a day after he called on both parties to pass legislation renewing TPA in his State of the Union address.

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