In This Week's Issue


April 27, 2015

Murkowski Wants to Open Door to Crude Oil Exports
While the U.S. is negotiating a deal to remove sanctions on Iran and with energy production high and gas prices low, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) April 20 said she plans to...

Congress Set to Act in May on Fast-Track Legislation
Congress could move quickly to pass fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) following markup of the legislation by the Senate Finance Committee April 22 and the House...

Hatch Protects TPA Bill from Unwanted Amendments
Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) successfully garnered bipartisan support to beat back a handful of troubling amendments to his and Ranking Member Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.)...

Ryan Blocks Levin TPA Substitute, Democrat Amendments
Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cited a parliamentary objection to rule out of order a TPA substitute amendment offered by Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.)...

Customs Bill Would Tighten Scrutiny of New Importers
The Customs enforcement bills reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee could allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to...

Bill to Allow Cuban Export Financing Introduced in Senate
A total lifting of the trade embargo against Cuba “may be a bridge too far” for the current Congress, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) told a Senate Agriculture Committee...

USTR Criticizes EU Proposal on GMO Restrictions
A new proposal by the European Commission April 22 to allow member states to restrict the use of genetically modified (GM) food in their territories even after the products...

TTIP Talks See Long Road Ahead
As Congress moved closer to passing fast track negotiating authority, U.S. and European Union (EU) negotiators wrapped up their ninth round of talks toward a Transatlantic...

Briefs: Export Enforcement, DDTC, ITC, Ex-Im Bank, Pet Resin, Burma

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