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Inside U.S. Trade: "Finance Approves Amended Fast-Track Bill, TAA Along With Preference, Enforcement Bills"

April 23, 2015

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Updated: The Senate Finance Committee late Wednesday night (April 22) approved by a vote of 20-6 a bill that would extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the president for up to six years, with amendments regarding its negotiating objectives addressing boycotts of Israel and human rights.

A third amendment added to the TPA bill, offered by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), prohibits expedited congressional consideration of trade agreements with any country that is classified in the most egregious category on a State Department report on human trafficking.

Among the countries placed into this “Tier 3” category on the State Department's 2014 report is Malaysia, which is participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The committee approved the amendment in a vote of 16-10, with Wyden initially voting against it but subsequently changing his vote.

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