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U.S., Mexico, Peru Team Up On Apparel ROO; 'Gimped Yarn' Exception Erased

TAMUNING, Guam -- Textile and apparel negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) here have been reviewing a new unified proposal by the United States, Mexico and Peru that covers hundreds of product-specific rules and pulls back on a previous U.S. proposal to allow third-country sourcing for some products using so-called "gimped yarn." This yarn is used primarily in the production of hosiery and socks.

TPP Ministerial In Guam Called Off, But Negotiating Round Is Extended

TAMUNING, Guam -- Tentative plans to hold a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers here on May 26-28 have been definitively called off, but an informal TPP negotiating round currently taking place here is now expected to last several days longer than planned.

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Senate Gives Final Approval To TPA-TAA Bill, After Two-Week Fight Fizzles

The Senate on Friday night (May 22) gave its final approval to a bill that would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three years with the option of an additional three-year extension, and would reauthorize for six years the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which is aimed at helping retrain workers if they lose their jobs due to trade.

Senate Defeats Amendments On New TPP Entrants, Eliminating TAA

The Senate tonight defeated by a vote of 47 to 52 an amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would have required prior congressional approval of new entrants to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations joining after the enactment of the TPA bill.

Senate Defeats Portman-Stabenow Currency Amendment, Approves Hatch Alternative

The Senate this evening defeated by a vote of 48 to 51 a currency amendment (S.A. 1299) to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that was sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and would have instructed U.S. negotiators to seek enforceable disciplines against currency manipulation in future trade agreements.

Ryan Endorses Trade Remedy Law Changes As Part Of Customs Bill

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pledged to members of the House Steel Caucus that he will accept the trade remedy law changes championed by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the Senate version of the customs bill when the legislation is conferenced, according to a Ways & Means spokesman.

Blunt Says Portman-Stabenow Currency Amendment Likely Has Support To Pass

McConnell Hopes For Friday TPA Vote Despite Amendment Impasse

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Inside U.S. Trade - May 22, 2015

TPP Ministerial Meeting In Guam Looking More Unlikely After TPA Delay

This week brought new signs that a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers that had been penciled in for May 26-28 on the U.S. territory of Guam is unlikely to take place due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by that time.

In Frantic Week, Senate Votes On Two TPA Amendments, Tees Up Eight More

House Agriculture Committee Approves COOL Repeal Bill After WTO Ruling

Hatch, Wyden Float Currency Amendment As Alternative To Portman Text

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Darci Vetter, the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, is in Guam this week to hold talks on agriculture with officials from Japan and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries as part of an informal negotiating round underway there, according to a USTR spokesman.

The package of trade remedy changes championed by domestic petitioners faces an uncertain future as it is still unclear whether it will be considered as an amendment to the fast-track bill the Senate is now considering. If it is not added to TPA, the future of the package will then hinge on whether it can survive a conference with the House on the customs authorization bill.

In a formal statement, President Obama on Tuesday (May 19) signaled he wants to change several elements of a pending Senate customs and enforcement bill while praising the enforcement provisions in that legislation overall.

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on Tuesday (May 19) announced a compromise on human trafficking language in the pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill aimed at ensuring that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal could still receive fast-track protection.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is taking on Sens. Robert Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with a new warning that the administration would veto a final Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill if it includes the senators' amendment on currency manipulation.

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has upheld the major findings of a compliance panel ruling that faulted revised U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat, dealing a final blow to the labeling regime after years of litigation pursued by Canada and Mexico.

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  • This week brought new signs that a meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers that had been penciled in for May 26-28 on the U.S. territory of Guam is unlikely to take place due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by that time.

  • Close to half of the Senate Democratic caucus has urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to publicly release a report submitted to the administration by an advisory committee of labor representatives that takes a critical view of how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are handling many key areas.