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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has convened an all-day, closed-door briefing for cleared advisers on Wednesday (April 29) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that will focus on the exceptions TPP countries are seeking from market-opening commitments on services and investment, as well as the status of talks on market access and rules of origin for industrial goods and textiles, according to informed sources.

A U.S.-Japan joint statement released on April 28 ahead of a leaders' summit welcomed "significant progress" that the two sides have made in bilateral talks on automobile and agricultural trade under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and reaffirmed their desire to conclude the broader TPP talks, but gave no sign of whether they had reached a bilateral deal or whether the leaders would delve into specific outstanding issues.

The office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will hold two briefings in the coming weeks for House Democrats focusing on issues arising from Vietnam's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, according to congressional sources. The briefings are the latest in a series of caucus meetings intended to delve into the details of outstanding TPP issues.

Despite progress in bilateral talks over the last several months, it looks increasingly unlikely that President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in a position to strike a deal on automobile and agricultural trade issues in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when they meet at the White House on Tuesday (April 28).

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is slated to be in Washington on May 4, in a visit that comes on the heels of the United States and the European Union finishing the ninth round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in New York City.

Progressive lawmakers critical of the Obama administration's trade agenda are parrying remarks by the president last week suggesting that detractors of the the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are employing fictitious claims to try and tank the trade agreement and are pushing Obama again to publicly release the draft text of the deal.

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  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week said congressional supporters of a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill are aiming to have the full House and Senate take up the legislation in early May, and that he expects the Senate to take up the bill first but then both would move simultaneously.

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  • New Zealand 's trade minister has said that negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will begin to "immediately" move toward conclusion if Congress passes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, but warned that the trade talks could otherwise stall agreement if the bill does not advance.

  • NEW YORK -- The European Commission here this week was hoping to make a forceful case for why a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal should include a standalone chapter dedicated to liberalizing trade in energy and raw materials, in a ninth round of talks otherwise focused on how to foster greater regulatory alignment between the U.S. and EU.