CPA News Digest

Sen Jeff Flake pushes GOP Senators to Flip to Vote for TPP in Lame Duck

[ Daily News| September 22, 2016 | Inside US Trade] U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake this week emphasized that Republican support is needed to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership over the finish line in the lame-duck session of Congress, acknowledging that the current political climate may not allow them to support the deal until after the election.

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Ex-Mexican Official Says Labor Reforms Linked To TPP Are Foundering

[ Daily News| September 22, 2016 | Inside US Trade] Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has run out of the political capital he needs to push labor reforms through his nation's legislature, according to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, citing reforms that the U.S. Department of Labor called for earlier this year to ensure compliance with labor provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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‘No good deed goes unpunished,’ trade official says of scrutiny of his luxury travel

[ Lisa Rein| September 19, 2016 | The Washington Post] Top Senate Republicans are demanding that Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker explain how the luxurious travel habits of her top trade deputy escaped her notice and whether she has examined the expenses of additional agency employees.

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USW: Our current trade policies are not working for America’s steel workers

Below is a letter from the United Steel Workers (USW) to Representative Tim Murphy (PA-18) and Representative Peter Visclosky (IN-01) thanking them for their efforts on fighting for the steel industry and reinforcing the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the letter.

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Put Globalization to Work for Democracies

[ DANI RODRIK| September 17, 2016 | The New York Times] A Chinese student once described his country’s globalization strategy to me. China, he said, opened a window to the world economy, but placed a screen on it. The country got the fresh air it needed — nearly 700 million people have been lifted from extreme poverty since the early 1980s — but kept mosquitoes out.

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GOP Finance Committee Senators: Chances For TPP Better Post-Election

[ Daily News| September 16, 2016 | Inside US Trade] Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee this week said that while the chances for a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership right now look bleak -- citing a lack of Democratic support and “unanswered questions” -- they agreed that the climate for the deal and a potential vote on it may change after Nov. 8.

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Reps. Reichert, Kind, DeLauro Disagree Over Democratic Support For TPP

Key proponents and opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have differing counts of House Democratic support for the trade deal as both sides ready for a battle this fall under the assumption that a lame-duck vote will occur.

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Progressives draft staff blacklist for Clinton administration

Still bruised by what they see as Barack Obama’s betrayals and worried that Hillary Clinton isn’t really one of them, progressives are preparing to move hard and quickly to force her hand if she wins the White House.

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Sovereignty eroding: India challenges state Buy American rules at WTO

India has taken the first step toward dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization by requesting consultations with the U.S. over eight state-level renewable energy programs that allegedly have domestic content requirements and contain subsidies in violation of WTO rules.

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How the Democrats Lost Touch on Trade

[ Thomas Frank | September 12, 2016 | Politico] One of the most startling developments of this most peculiar campaign season has been the emergence of trade as an electrifying political issue. We’re used to trade being the dry province of diplomats and academic economists—in large part because, for the past 20 years, trade policy has been a largely settled matter for the leadership of the two parties. On both sides, the signing of new trade agreements was long considered an obvious and unmitigated good thing.

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