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 Volume 24, Number 33                                                                                                                  Monday, February 16, 2015

Trade Reports International Group

Mr. Ryan’s Agenda

   House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) hopes to have a “bipartisan, bicameral” Trade Promotion Authority bill ready “pretty soon” – but acknowledged the legislation is still under negotiation (WTD, 2/11/15).

 In a wide-ranging briefing with reporters on Friday, Mr. Ryan said TPA remains his top priority and is one area where he sees real opportunity for working with the White House.

 The Ways and Means chairman said he is “in the middle of trying to put together” a TPA bill with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore).

  Mr. Ryan said he is looking at Congressional approval of TPA this spring.  But he expects the Senate to move first – primarily because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has already set aside floor time for it

 President Obama will have to deliver votes for TPA from his fellow Democrats, Mr. Ryan stated.  He says the Administration is doing a good job of trying to convince Democrats to vote for TPA, but acknowledged that trade is always a hard sell for Democrats.

 Congress has other trade measures it needs to deal with as soon as possible, including renewal of the African and Opportunity Act and the expired US Generalized System of Preferences program.  Mr. Ryan is aware of the need to move quickly on AGOA, he said.

 But the goal is to keep TPA separate from other trade bills, at least as they move through his committee.  It would be up to House and Senate leaders to decide how they want to move the measures on the floor, according to sources.  Congressional Democrats have made clear they want reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program to move with TPA.  There also is a movement underway to tie legislation (HR 820, S 433) making currency manipulation a countervailable subsidy under US trade remedy laws to the TPA bill.

Currency Bill

 But Mr. Ryan made clear he is opposed to the currency bill, which he said runs the risk of starting a trade war and undermining the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency.  One way to address currency manipulation is through the TPA bill itself, which will contain a negotiating objective calling for trade agreements to address the issue, he said.

 Mr. Ryan also expects Congress to consider the TransPacific Partnership agreement this fall.  This week the Ways and Means chairman will lead a delegation of committee members to Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.  In Japan he will deliver his message that if Tokyo does not put acceptable market access offers on the table for agriculture and autos, he will recommend that the TPP agreement go on without Tokyo.  In a statement, the chairman said that TPP countries “need to know that we will not accept just any agreement.  We will accept only one that truly breaks down barriers for American exporters.”

 Accompanying Mr. Ryan are Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) – the only Democrat in the delegation – and Republican Reps. Devin Nunes (Calif), Pat Tiberi (Ohio), Dave Reichert (Wash), Charles Boustany (La), Vern Buchanan (Fla) and Adrian Smith (Neb).

 Mr. Ryan told reporters he also hopes to move a miscellaneous tariff bill through Congress without running into the House ban on earmarks.  Senate Finance is similarly seeking a new process for the MTB.

 Ways and Means and Finance staff also are working on a long-delayed customs reauthorization measure.

 Separately, the debate over reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank got underway Friday in the House Financial Services Committee, which must act by June 30 to renew the Bank’s charter.  Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) continues to oppose reauthorization – a vew that was reflected in the committee’s views and estimates letter for the fiscal year 2016 budget considered by the committee Thursday and Friday.  The letter does not mention whether the committee will take up reauthorization but only notes an array of concerns about the financial stability of the bank and it’s potential cost to taxpayers.

 Committee Democrats, led by Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash) pushed for an amendment that called for reauthorization of the Bank, but also noted the “diversity of views” within Congress and the committee.  The amendment was defeated 22 to 32, with all Republicans voting against.

 Committee Republican Stephen Fincher (Tenn), who has introduced legislation (HR 597) to reauthorize and reform the Bank, said he was given assurances from Chairman Hensarling that the committee will consider reauthorization.

 Following is the legislative calendar for the 114th Congress –

Legislation House Senate Final


AGOA.  Legislation to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (WTD, 2/19/15).


Buy America.  Legislation to ensure that US transportation projects use US steel (WTD, 10/31/14).


COOL.  Legislation to change the country-of-origin labeling program for imported agriculture (WTD, 2/12/15).


Cuba Agriculture.  Legislation (HR 635) to facilitate the export of agriculture and medicine to Cuba (WTD, 2/9/15).

 Introduced February 2, 2015.   

Cuba Sanctions.  Legislation (HR 274, HR 735, S 491) to lift the US trade embargo on Cuba (WTD, 2/9/15).

 Introduced January 12 and February 4, 2015.

 Introduced January 12, 2015.  

Currency.  Legislation (HR 820, S 433) to address manipulation of a country’s currency (WTD, 2/13/15).

 Introduced February 10, 2015. Introduced February 10, 2015.  

Customs Reform.  Legislation to reauthorize and reform US Customs and Border Protection programs (WTD, 7/29/14).


Energy.  Legislation (HR 156, HR 702) to repeal the US crude oil export ban (WTD, 2/4/15).

 Introduced January 6 and February 4, 2015.


Energy.  Legislation (HR 351) to expedite the export of natural gas (WTD, 2/4/15).

 House passed on January 28, 2015.


Export Administration Act.   Legislation to rewrite US export control regulations (WTD, 12/31/14).


Export-Import Bank.  Legislation (HR 597) to reauthorize the US Export-Import Bank (WTD, 2/3/15).

 Introduced January 28, 2015.   

FCPA.  Legislation (HR 261) to strengthen the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

 Introduced January 9, 2015.   

GSP.  Legislation to extend the US Generalized System of Preferences program (WTD, 2/6/15)


Imports.  Legislation to strengthen enforcement of US import trade laws.


Iran Sanctions.  Legislation (S 269) to expand sanctions against Iran (WTD, 1/30/15).

 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing held January 27.

 Senate Banking Committee approves bill January 30, 2015


Korea (North).  Legislation (HR 204, HR 757) to impose sanctions on North Korea (WTD, 1/6/15).

 Introduced January 8 and February 5, 2015.   

MTB.  Legislation to revise tariffs on certain industrial goods (WTD, 2/6/15).



OPIC Reauthorization.  Legislation to reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (WTD, 2/3/15).


Sugar.  Legislation (S 475) to reform the US sugar program (WTD, 1/28/14).

  Introduced February 12, 2015.


Syria Sanctions.  Legislation to expand sanctions against Syria (WTD, 5/23/15).


Trade Adjustment Assistance. Legislation to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance programs WTD, 2/6/15).


Trade Policy.  Legislation (HR 764) to enhance reciprocal market access in US trade negotiations.

 Introduced February 5, 2015.   

Trade Promotion Authority.  Legislation to renew special Presidential trade negotiating authority (see related report this issue).


TransPacific Partnership.  Legislation to implement the TransPacific Partnership trade agreement (WTD, 2/13/15).



TiSA Talks Last Week

 Geneva – Trade in Services Agreement negotiators on Friday decided to hold another round of meetings in April followed by a stocktaking meeting in July, WTD has learned (WTD, 2/9/15).

 There is still much to do on market access and opening sectors for maritime services, road transport, health services and movement of short-term services providers, WTD has learned.

 Negotiators started in February 2012.  Sources in Washington suggested a final pact could be completed by the end of next year.

 At the conclusion of a week-long 11th round, negotiators pointed to the uneven level of progress which is causing challenges in preparing a comprehensive package, said a participant in the meeting.

 US trade envoy Michael Punke expressed satisfaction about last week’s outcome, saying that the session was constructive with text-based progress achieved across a range of issues.

 Several sessions covered market access and sectoral issues, including the core text as well as annexes for different sectors.

 Given the differing levels of progress, some members want to focus more on areas where there is growing convergence while leaving the difficult ones for later inter-sessionals, commented one trade envoy.

  Work in telecommunications, financial services and e-commerce progressed rapidly, WTD was told.  Sectors such as maritime transport, road transport, health services and movement of short-term services providers under “Mode 4" lagged behind.

 Other issues discussed included air transport, delivery services, domestic regulation, telecommunications and professional services.

 Members will focus in April on more difficult areas, WTD was told.

 There are differences among members on a so-called European Union-based “Forward MFN provision” that calls for extending benefits from members’ own free trade agreements to all TiSA signatories.  The EU pointed out that many offers are still incomplete or well below what TiSA negotiating partners have achieved in their own FTAs.  Brussels wants symmetry between TiSA offers and what are currently provided in their best FTAs, said a EU trade official familiar with the negotiations.

 Uruguay became the 24th member of the negotiating group.  The admission of China is still hanging because of opposition from some major industrialized countries.


Boeing ‘Two’

 Geneva – The European Union on Friday requested establishment of a World Trade Organization dispute resolution panel to adjudicate over a second trade dispute with the United States concerning Washington State’s decision to extend subsidies to the Boeing aircraft corporation until the end of 2040 (WTD, 2/9/15).

 The EU maintains that the subsidies total some $8.7 billion.

 The WTO now is reviewing an earlier appeal relating to US subsidies to Boeing.

 Brussels’ request for a panel will be presented to the Dispute Settlement Body on February 23.  The US can block the EU’s first request for a panel.

 Brussels and Washington failed to resolve the matter “out of court.”

Canada vs China

 Meanwhile Canada late last week filed a request for consultations at the WTO concerning Chinese antidumping measures on its exports of dissolving pulp.  China’s investigation was not conducted in accordance with WTO rules and, as a result, the conclusions were flawed, Ottawa said in a statement.

 On April 6, 2014, China imposed duties of up to 23.7 percent on the Canadian exports.  Last year, Canadian companies exported $317 million of dissolving pulp to China.

 Also on Friday, a WTO panel declared Chinese antidumping duties on European and Japanese imports of stainless steel tubes in breach of WTO rules.  The dispute panel declared the Chinese antidumping duties on stainless steel tubes – imposed by China in 2012 – illegal.

 Margins calculated for one of the EU’s exporting producers were found not to be correct, the EU Stated.  China also failed to justify its finding that the tubes imported from the EU had caused injury to China’s domestic industry.  Finally, the panel concluded that the Chinese antidumping procedure came short of the WTO requirements in terms of due process and transparency.


Around the Globe

            ●          Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements the Associated Press news service reported (see related report in this issue).  U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urged members of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives to “pick up your phones” and use their influence to convince officials to work toward a final consensus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

 “The contours of a final agreement are coming into focus,” Blinken said. “We need you to make the calls, convene the meetings and remind the officials of the benefits this agreement will bring.”  Agreement between Japan and the U.S. is essential for forging the free-trade arrangements among the dozen nations involved in the U.S.-led effort. Both sides say they are close to an accord, but that key gaps remain. America’s great rival for influence in Asia — China — is not part of the Pacific rim trade talks.  Talks between Tokyo and Washington have dragged on as the two sides bicker over sensitive issues such as exports of American beef and pork to Japan and Japanese exports of auto parts to the U.S.

 President Barack Obama has made the TPP a part of his effort to “rebalance” U.S. commitments toward the Asia-Pacific and boost exports to the fast-growing region.  Blinken, who was appointed to his position last month, said the trade pact would help buttress security in the region, and “assure our partners that our commitment reaches beyond the military.”

             ●          Doctors and health professionals from both sides of the Pacific on Thursday said they worry that a major regional trade pact could result in higher medical costs and urged a full assessment of the pact’s impact on healthcare, Reuters news service reported. In a letter to be published in The Lancet medical journal, academics and medical associations from seven of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership voiced their concerns over the deal, which seeks to cut tariffs and set common standards on intellectual property.

 “Rising medicine costs would disproportionately affect already vulnerable populations, obstructing efforts to improve health equity within and between countries,” they wrote in the letter.  “We call on our governments to publicly release the full (TPP) draft text, and to secure independent and comprehensive assessments of the health and human rights consequences of the proposed agreement for each nation.”  The letter was signed by 27 academics, doctors and health professionals, including the heads of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Public Health Association of New Zealand, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Vietnam Public Health Association and the Malaysia AIDS Council.

             ●         A day after the U.S. announced it was loosening restrictions on Cuban imports, two U.S. senators began a four-day trade mission to the island, the Voice of America reported (WTD, 2/9/15).  Democratic Senators Claire McCaskill from the Midwestern state of Missouri and Amy Klobuchar from the north central state of Minnesota went to Cuba Saturday to explore the new opportunities with Cuba.

 The U.S. announced Friday it was allowing small private Cuban businesses to sell goods and services to the U.S., except for food and agricultural products, alcohol, tobacco products and some textiles.  McCaskill said she was interested in finding out what the farmers in Missouri could sell to Cubans.  “I come from a very big agricultural state. We would love to sell the Cuban people more rice. We would love to sell them more chicken. And more beans and more corn. So hopefully this trip will also help my farmers at home,” McCaskill said.

 Meanwhile, Klobuchar talked about what other changes the U.S. and Cuba could see with the lifting of restrictions, including the opening of a U.S. embassy in Cuba.  “President [Barack] Obama has been working to bring an embassy here and that’s why we’re looking at making changes to that first. I think that’s really important. And then the next thing would be looking at travel restrictions. We’ve made some changes there -- relatives have been able to come in, but I think it’s really important to lift that,” Klobuchar said.

             ●          EU leaders gave a “cautious” welcome to the Ukraine ceasefire deal on Thursday (12 February) but warned of further sanctions if it isn’t implemented, the EU Observer reported (WTD, 2/11/15).  “We gave it our cautious approval. But words set down on paper must be accompanied by deeds … If this doesn’t happen we won’t hesitate to take further steps,” Council chief Donald Tusk told press after a summit in Brussels.

 “This conflict isn’t just about the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The whole geopolitical order in Europe after 1989 is at stake and we’ll be ready for any further development, good or bad.” He noted the leaders didn’t discuss new sanctions in detail.  But he said they are “united and ready to act, also with new measures if necessary.”

 He placed the burden of implementation on Russia, adding: “When it comes to implementation, the most important thing today is the good will of the Russian president, of that I have no doubt.”  German chancellor Angela Merkel said: “If the process becomes difficult, we don’t exclude further sanctions.  We don’t yet know what these sanctions would be. We have asked the European Commission to make further preparations.”

 She confirmed the EU will on Monday expand its Russia blacklist by 19 individuals and nine entities in reaction to a rocket attack, last month, on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

             ●          China has opened the door of its tightly-controlled capital account a fraction wider by allowing firms operating within its Shanghai free trade zone to borrow funds without having to go through complicated regulatory hurdles, Reuters news service reported (WTD, 1/21/15).  Firms -- both non-financial and financial -- in the free trade zone in Shanghai will now be able to borrow up to twice their capital base, double the previous limit allowing them greater access to cheaper offshore financing.

 Firms in the free trade zone will be allowed to determine their own level of foreign capital financing exposure, according to the central bank’s statement released on Thursday.  Banks operating in the zone can raise funds either in foreign or domestic currency. Non-bank financial institutions such as securities firms can also import foreign capital but domestic firms are urged not to rely on short-term financing, authorities said.

             ●          Grappling with tumbling auto sales and weak economic growth, Brazil wants to renew an auto quota pact with Mexico that is set to expire in March, a move that could stoke trade tensions, Reuters news service reported.  A treaty between the two nations and auto manufacturers, which sets quotas on how many light vehicles Mexico and Brazil can sell each other, expires in March.

 Auto trade between the two was then supposed to be fully liberalized, but Brazilian officials are now looking to extend the pact to avoid unlimited competition from Mexico.  “Our position is that Brazil must seek to renew the agreement while seeking adjustments in that agreement,” Brazilian Trade Minister Armando Monteiro told Reuters in an interview.  Asked if one option might include reduced quotas, he said: “I would not rule out that possibility but I would prefer to say that something that I do not see is the chance of increasing the quotas.”

             ●          Trade between China’s restive far-western Xinjiang and Russia grew more than threefold last year amid a slowdown in the region’s foreign trade due to falling commodity prices, China’s official customs statistics body said on Saturday according to Xinhua news agency (WTD, 2/11/15).  Resource-rich Xinjiang’s trade with Russia rose a whopping 374 per cent year on year in 2014 to $2.15 billion, compared with a 0.4-per cent rise in total Sino-Russian foreign trade to $27.67 billion during the same period.  The China-Russia slowdown in overall trade volume is mostly a result of shrinking imports, which saw a 20.9-per cent drop to $4.19 billion last year, China’s statistics body said. Exports rose 5.5 per cent year on year to $23.48 billion.

             ●          The deficit in Egypt’s trade balance increased by 13.9% in November 2014, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated in a Sunday report, the Daily News Egypt reported.  The new figures show the deficit now registers EGP 26.49bn, compared to EGP 23.26bn in the corresponding month in 2013.  CAPMAS attributed the deficit to a 9.6% increase in the value of imports, to record EGP 42.65bn in November 2014, compared to EGP 38.9bn in November 2013.

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European Union.  American Soybean Association statement on European licenses for 13 varieties of GMO products.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.

Sugar.  Text of S 475 introduced February 12 by Sen. Shaheen to repeal the US sugar program.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).


Steel.  World Trade Organization dispute panel decision on Chinese steel tubes exports.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/454_460r_e.htm )  issued:  2/13/15.


US Relations.  Statement by Sen. Klobuchar on S 491 to end the US embargo against Cuba.  (available in the Congressional Record of February 12 ).

US Relations.  Text of S 491 introduced February 12 by Sen. Klobuchar.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).

European Union

Agriculture.  American Soybean Association statement on European licenses for 13 varieties of GMO products.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.

Food Safety.  American Soybean Association statement on EU acceptance of US soy sustainability assurance protocol to meet RED requirements.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.

Israel.  Text of HR 825 introduced February 10 by Rep. Roskam pertaining to the Arab Boycott and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).

Export-Import Bank

Reauthorization.  Defeated House Financial Services Committee amendment on reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank.  issued:  2/12/15.

Food and Beverages

European Union.  American Soybean Association statement on EU acceptance of US soy sustainability assurance protocol to meet RED requirements.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.


Imports.  Text of S 503 introduced February 12 by Sen. Nelson relating to imports from Haiti.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).

Health and Safety

European Union.  American Soybean Association statement on EU acceptance of US soy sustainability assurance protocol to meet RED requirements.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.

European Union.  American Soybean Association statement on European licenses for 13 varieties of GMO products.  (available at:  http://www.soygrowers.org )  issued:  2/13/15.


TTIP.  Text of HR 825 introduced February 10 by Rep. Roskam pertaining to the Arab Boycott and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).


Texas.  San Antonio Free Trade Alliance statement on trade policy.  issued:  2/13/15.


China.  World Trade Organization dispute panel decision on Chinese steel tubes exports.  (available at:  http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/454_460r_e.htm )  issued:  2/13/15.

Trade Policy

FTAs.  Text of HR 967 introduced February 13 by Rep. Pocan to prohibit the United States from entering into a trade agreement which includes an investor-state dispute settlement provision.  (available at:  http://thomas.loc.gov ).

Texas.  San Antonio Free Trade Alliance statement on trade policy.  issued:  2/13/15.

TPA.  Report by Rep. DeLauro on the history of Trade Promotion Authority.  (available at:  http://delauro.house.gov )  issued:  2/13/15.

US.  House Ways and Means Committee statement on US trade policy.  (available at:  http://waysandmeans.house.gov )  issued:  2/13/15.

US.  House Ways and Mean Committee chairman Ryan comment on US trade policy and trip to Asia.  (available at:  http://waysandmeans.house.gov )  issued:  2/13/15.

Travel and Tourism

US.  White House report on travel and tourism.  (available at:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/150211_travel_and_tourism_report_final_clean_2.pdf )  issued:  2/13/15.

What we’re covering this week –

         US Trade Representative Michael Froman kicks off the week with a speech to the National Association of Counties focused on Trade Promotion Authority.  Vice President Biden also addresses the group.  TPA will be on the agenda when the Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on trade.

         Here are some of the events we’ll be covering this week –

             ●          Monday, USTR Froman and Vice President Biden speak to the National Association of Counties.

             ●          In Geneva, the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body meets.

             ●          Tuesday, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation sponsors a program on the importance of cross-border data flows with speakers including Assistant US Trade Representative Jonathan McHale.

             ●          On Wednesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies sponsors a program on trade assistance with speakers including Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La).

             ●          Bloomberg Government sponsors a program on the importance of reauthorizing the US Export- Import Bank.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is among the speakers.

             ●          Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testifies before the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture about the fiscal year 2016 budget request for his department.

             ●          Thursday, Senate Finance holds a hearing on the trade agenda.

             ●          The Georgetown University Law Center holds its annual two-day international trade update conference.

             ●          Acting Deputy USTR Wendy Cutler and Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley speak at a CSIS program on US-Australia relations.

             ●          Friday, European Parliament member Manfred Weber speaks to the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

             ●          The Georgetown University conference continues.

Our  Blog

Updated:  1/6/15


Friday Afternoon


Straight talk.   

Click the highlighted text to hear snippets from WTD’s straight talk.

•  Comments by two veteran trade officials on secrecy in the TransPacific Partnership negotiations – first Chile Ambassador to the United States Juan Galbriel Valdes and then Taiwan Minister of Economic Development John Chen-Chung Deng.

•  Here’s what WTD on February 5 asked Latvian Ambassador to the US Andris Razans about US exports of chlorinated chicken to the EU and his response.

•  House Speaker John Boehner on December 4 comments on President Obama’s call for Trade Promotion Authority.

•  Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer comments on Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership on October 9 at the Financial Services Roundtable.

•  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp speaks to WTD about prospects for Trade Promotion Authority legislation on September 18.

•  Visiting South African President Jacob Zuma was asked at the National Press Club on August 4 what impact has President Obama’s color had on US relations with Africa.

•  Comments by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden to the press on trade and transparency on July 16.

•  Australia News Network interviews World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo during his visit to the G-20 meetings in Sydney on July 17.

•  New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on June 22 tells Fox News Sunday why the US Export-Import Bank should end.

•  Here’s why Congressional ignorance can be very dangerous when it comes to willy-nilly support for free trade agreements, according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

 •  Here’s what’s at stake with Trade Promotion Authority and why Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany can’t sleep at night.

 •  Here’s what Wisconsin Republican Rep. Tom Petri said on the House floor April 10 about TTIP and Bratwurst.

 •  Here’s a brief interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry report with House Financial Services Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on the dangers of renewing the US Export-Import Bank given April 17.

 •  Here’s a brief snippet from remarks April 8 by Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Orrin Hatch saying he is befuddled over why the President says he supports Trade Promotion Authority but doesn’t do anything about.

 •  Here’s Aspen Institute scholar and former Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of Commerce speaking about with WTD on the many iterations of a US-European Union free trade agreement after a recent Hudson Institute event.

 •  Here’s what veteran House Democrat Richard Neal (Mass) – one of four cochairs of the new House TTIP Caucus – told WTD during a reception celebrating the caucus creation on April 3.

 •  Here’s what World Trade Organization chief spokesperson Keith Rockwell said in Washington on how and why the WTO is back.

 •  Here’s what Council of Economic Advisors Chair Jason Furman told the Joint Economic Committee last week about why there is so little mention of trade in the Economic Report of the President.

 •  This is why the European Union is wrong when it says it will never allow imports of US hormone-treated beef, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack tells WTD.