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The fate of the herbicide has been politically linked to three biotechnology traits the U.S. soybean industry has called for the EU to authorize.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today (June 28) said a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the November elections cannot be ruled out, but warned that they will be ready to fight and ultimately win.

Senate Finance Committee member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Tuesday that he believes the Obama administration will not meet Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) demand that biologic drugs be provided 12 years of exclusivity under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

A bipartisan bill to lower the exclusivity period for biologic drugs in the United States from 12 to seven years is being characterized as an attempt to cut costs on life-saving medicines, with supporters and detractors of the legislation refuting any connection to the ongoing fight over the period of exclusivity for biologic drugs required by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The AFL-CIO is calling on President Barack Obama to use this week's North American Leaders' Summit to pressure Mexico on human rights and labor rights issues, the latter of which Mexico is obligated to address under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) cannot effectively move forward after the Brexit vote until the European Union and United States know the terms of Britain's exit, which could take several years to determine, Sebastian Mallaby, a senior international economics fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations said in a June 24 teleconference.

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will have a damaging effect on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, experts say, but they disagree on how bad that impact will be and whether it will produce a materially different outcome since the negotiations were already lagging and unlikely to conclude this year.

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World Trade Organization

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  • This month's meeting of trade ministers from countries participating in the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) brought to the forefront the issue of which rules and disciplines will ultimately make it into a final deal, according to Geneva negotiators.

  • While the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is uncertain how it would fare in a formal World Trade Organization dispute with China over its internet "Great Firewall," Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman on June 10 signaled confidence that it can use tools short of dispute settlement to push back against Beijing's undesirable cyber policies.

Around the World

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  • A European Commission official Tuesday (June 14) defended the European Union's proposal that the current investor-state dispute settlement mechanism be changed to include an appeals mechanism and set up a permanent roster of panelists and arbitrators.

  • A Ways & Means trade subcommittee hearing on agricultural trade barriers highlighted complaints by the National Milk Producers Federation and its congressional supporters about Canada's efforts to curtail duty-free, quota-free U.S. imports of milk protein concentrate that have replaced Canadian milk in cheese making because it is shipped in liquid form.

FTA Central

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  • Failure on the part of Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership would ensure the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union would not be completed this year, Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told reporters on June 15, although he was skeptical that the EU deal would be completed either way.

  • The length of data protection provided to biologic drugs under the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the "main outstanding issue" that Congress has with the trade agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on June 14.