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By DAVE REICHERT | Originally published March 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm, Updated March 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm | Source: SEATTLE TIMES Trans-Pacific Partnership would boost Washington’s economy LIVING in Washington state, with the Pacific at our fingertips and Canada a short drive away, it is easy for us to see how active our businesses, farmers Read more »
By BRIDGES, VOLUME 19 – NUMBER 11 | 3/26/15 | Source: BRIDGES WEEKLY – ICTSD TTIP: EU Officials Weigh ISDS Options as High-Level Meetings Continue EU officials are now weighing potential ideas for addressing the controversial subject of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in their trade talks with the US, with European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström Read more »
By MAYA RHODAN | 3/23/15 | Source: TIME MAGAZINE Obama Says America’s ‘Open for Business’ at Summit President Obama was self-assured during a quick sales pitch to foreign business leaders Monday, saying he was confident that he could work with Congress to iron out trade deals and a budget plan. “The things that help businesses grow are not partisan,” Obama Read more »
By DOUG PALMER | 3/20/15 6:49 PM EDT | Source: POLITICO Hillary’s Trade Dilemma Hillary Clinton is about to have her big trade moment. The likely 2016 presidential candidate has yet to show her hand on whether she supports the latest effort to pass “fast track” trade promotion authority, but that could happen as soon as Monday morning when Read more »
By VICKI NEEDHAM and KEVIN CIRILLI | 3/18/15 08:34 PM EDT | Source: THE HILL Democratic critics rebuff latest White House trade overture The Obama administration said Wednesday it would give Congress more access to the text of a massive Asia-Pacific trade pact, even as a group of House Democrats renewed vows to block the president’s Read more »
By GEORGE PARKER, ANNE-SYLVAINE CHASSANY and GEOFF DYER | 3/16/15 10:49 pm | Source: FINANCIAL TIMES Europeans defy US to join China-led development bank France, Germany and Italy have all agreed to follow Britain’s lead and join a China-led international development bank, according to European officials, delivering a blow to US efforts to keep leading Read more »
By BRIAN MAHONEY and DOUG PALMER | 3/14/15 8:55 AM EDT | Updated 3/15/15 9:54 PM EDT | Source: POLITICO Do unions have the oomph to stop Obama’s trade agenda? The AFL-CIO’s bold announcement last week that it would withhold contributions to congressional Democrats in advance of votes on fast-track trade promotion authority thrilled labor supporters and annoyed many Read more »
THE WASHINGTON POST: Why Obama’s key trade deal with Asia would actually be good for American workers
By DAVID AUTOR, DAVID DORN and GORDON H. HANSON | Published on 3/12/15 | Source: THE WASHINGTON POST Why Obama’s key trade deal with Asia would actually be good for American workers China may not join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, but the U.S. still stands to win. Opponents of giving President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Read more »
Reporting by KRISTA HUGHES | Editing by ALAN CROSBY | Published on 3/4/15 11:56am EST | Source: REUTERS U.S. optimistic global trade deal will come into force this year (Reuters) – The United States expects a global deal to cut customs red tape and streamline import procedures to come into force this year, a senior trade official said Read more »
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Published on 2/26/15 | Source: THE NEW YORK TIMES Obama Promotes Benefits of Trade Deals to Workers and Smaller Businesses WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing an uphill climb in persuading Congress to grant him the authority to complete significant trade deals, sought to ease concerns on Thursday that such agreements would Read more »