Tag Archives: Trade Promotion Authority

Senate to Act on Trade Measures, including TPA; Secretary of Defense to Attend NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting This Week in Brussels, While Ceasefire Violations Continue in Eastern Ukraine

TPA Moves Separately, Senate Vote Sequencing Outlined After the House Rules Committee approved a vote on a standalone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill – unlinking it from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that previously failed in a vote – the House passed the measure last Thursday by a vote of 218 to 208. This … Continue Reading

House Passed TPA Last Week, To Vote Again on TAA This Week; The Senate Resumes its NDAA Floor Debate; Defense Secretary Carter to Testify Before a House Committee; Fighting Flares Up Again in Eastern Ukraine

Recap of Last Week’s House Action on Trade Legislation Last Friday, President Barack Obama made a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill in the morning to encourage support among Democrats for the bill containing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), acknowledging to the press that the vote situation remained fluid. That afternoon, the … Continue Reading

President Obama Attends the G-7 Summit; House to Consider COOL Legislation and Possibly TPA; While the Senate Resumes its FY 2016 NDAA Floor Debate

G-7 Summit President Barack Obama arrived in Germany on Sunday to attend the G-7 Summit. The leaders are expected to review the current situation in Ukraine; discuss continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; and underscore their support for a diplomatic solution based on full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Many expect the G-7 … Continue Reading

Congress Scrutinizes Iran, as the Deadline for a Final Deal Approaches; Ceasefire Violations in Ukraine Continue; Congress to Hold Hearings on ISIL; The House is Expected to Turn to Trade Measures At Some Point in June

Vice President Mourns Death of Son Late on Saturday, 30 May, the White House informed the public that Vice President Joseph Biden’s son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III , passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 46 years old. Iran Despite media reports last week that yet another delay may be … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Motion to Proceed to TPA; House to Debate its NDAA Meaure, and Possibly Take Up the Senate-Passed Iran Bill; The Conflict in Eastern Ukraine Intensifies

TPA Update Last Wednesday, 6 May, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) filed a motion to proceed to a “shell” House-passed bill (H.R. 1314) for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a procedural tactic used since TPA is a revenue measure and must originate in the House. The next day, the Majority Leader filed cloture on a … Continue Reading

President Obama Hosts Japan’s Prime Minister; Congress Shifts From Last Week’s Focus on Trade Measures to Iran (Senate) and the NDAA (House Armed Services)

Upcoming Head of State Visit This week, President Obama will host his eighth Head of State visit, welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House. Previous visits include: India (November 2009); Mexico (May 2010); China (January 2011); Germany (June 2011); Korea (October 2011); the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (March 2012); and France … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on TPA and Iran; TPP and TTIP Negotiators Meet This Week; President Obama Meets with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) On Thursday, 16 April, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) released a draft Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill – The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (“TPA-2015”). The bill includes objectives on currency manipulation, settlement of investor-state disputes, intellectual property protections, … Continue Reading

Congress Returns to Washington, Focuses on Iran, Russia, Yemen and Possibly TPA; President Obama to Host Iraqi and Italian Prime Ministers This Week in Washington

Iran With the Obama Administration facing months of international negotiations with Tehran for a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear program, it also worked this week to ensure congressional actions do not compromise the diplomatic effort. Bipartisan lawmakers still believe Congress should have an up-or-down vote on any final accord reached with Iran. The Senate Foreign … Continue Reading

All Eyes on the Negotiations with Iran; US President to Host Afghan President

Russia/Ukraine Crisis Late last Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko agreed that sanctions on Russia imposed in response to its actions in eastern Ukraine should be tied to full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Vice President Biden welcomed the Ukrainian Parliament’s adoption of measures in accordance with the Minsk agreements. The … Continue Reading

US Imposes New Sanctions; Congress Scrutinizes the Upcoming Iran Negotiations Deadline

Russia/Ukraine Crisis Last Wednesday, 11 March, the Department of the Treasury announced the addition of 14 individuals and two organizations to its list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), pursuant to Executive Order 13660. The individuals include eight Ukrainian individuals identified as separatists, three former Ukrainian officials associated with former President Yanukovich, a Russian pro-separatist organization … Continue Reading

Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Focus on Ukraine and the AUMF against ISIL; Obama Administration Still Holding on New Sanctions Related to the Situation in Ukraine; Senate Republicans Write an Open Letter to Iran’s Leaders

The Senate is in session this week, while the House of Representatives is in recess. Russia/Ukraine Crisis During a Wednesday hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Russia would face new consequences should it: (1) continue “fueling the fire” in any … Continue Reading

Israel’s Prime Minister To Address Congress This Week, While Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry Travel Abroad; Early Congressional Momentum on Renewing U.S. Ex-Im Bank Charter, While Action on Trade Promotion Authority Stumbles

Iran/Israel The disagreement between the Obama Administration and Prime Minister Netanyahu deepened last week. In advance of his address before a joint session of Congress this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the deal emerging from the ongoing P5+1 Talks will allow Iran to become a “nuclear threshold state.” National Security Adviser Susan Rice … Continue Reading

Secretary of State John Kerry to Testify Before Congress; U.S. Considering New Sanctions Related to the Ongoing Situation in Ukraine; A New Trade Promotion Authority Bill is Imminent

State Department’s FY 2016 Budget Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to testify this week before Congress on the Department’s FY 2016 Budget request and U.S. interests abroad.  The hearings will be held: On Tuesday, 24 February before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; On Wednesday, 25 February before the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and On … Continue Reading

The White House Hosts a Countering Violent Extremism Summit; Washington Closely Monitoring the Situation in Ukraine; Congress is in Recess

Upcoming Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit U.S. National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen reported last week that 20,000 foreign fighters are joining ISIL and other extremist organizations. Secretary of State John Kerry also observed that thousands of extremist fighters have been killed in Syria and in Iraq, including many foreign fighters. This week, the White House … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on Ukraine, Iran, Syria and Boko Haram; President Obama hosts German Chancellor Merkel

Russia/Ukraine Crisis Last Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kyiv and met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. While seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, Secretary Kerry said the United States would not “close [its] eyes” to Russian tanks and fighters crossing Ukraine’s borders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François … Continue Reading

Secretary Kerry Heads to Ukraine; President Obama Releases His FY 2016 Budget Request; Congress Focuses on Cuba

Russia/Ukraine Crisis Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Kyiv, Ukraine, on 5 February to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and members of Ukraine’s parliament. Media reports indicate the Obama Administration may be reconsidering its position on providing Ukraine with lethal assistance, which is likely to be a topic … Continue Reading

President Obama Travels to India; Congress Scrutinizes the Negotiations with Iran; the Situation in Ukraine Deteriorates; and TPP Negotiators Meet for an Informal Round

Presidential Trip Over the weekend, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama departed Washington for India, where the President will be the chief guest in the country’s Republic Day parade. In advance of the trip, U.S. and Indian negotiators met in London to reach an accord over a 2010 Indian nuclear liability law that prohibits … Continue Reading

Why Congress Should Pass Trade Promotion Authority

Following a dramatic end to the 113th Congress – which saw year-end compromises around defense spending authorization and the so-called “cromnibus” appropriations bill – President Obama and the newly-elected Republican majority in the Senate are under pressure to demonstrate to the American people their capacity to govern for the next two years. As the new … Continue Reading

U.S. Sanctions North Korea; 114th Congress Expected to Focus on North Korea, Ukraine, Cuba, ISIL, and Trade Matters

North Korea On 2 January, President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions on three (3) entities and 10 individuals connected with the North Korean government. This action is in response to a December cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. In announcing the new U.S. sanctions, White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said, “We take seriously North Korea’s … Continue Reading

Washington Focuses on Crises: Iraq/Syria & Ukraine

Iraq/Syria Crisis Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  On Thursday, President Obama provided the nation with an update on U.S. action in response to the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant … Continue Reading

Foreign Sanctions Evaders List Introduced; Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Continues; 3-Day Syria Ceasefire Agreement Reached; Trade Promotion Bill Faces Strong Opposition

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Iran On February 6, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control introduced the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List (FSE List) to identify foreign persons sanctioned under Executive Order 13608 – Prohibiting Certain Transactions with and Suspending Entry into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders with Respect to Iran and Syria. Eighteen … Continue Reading

U.S. Continues to Call for Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to Work with the Opposition

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Iran In his State of the Union address last Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, President Obama acknowledged Congressional sanctions contributed to bringing about the P5+1 interim agreement with Iran.  He also warned: “If this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 Introduced; Lawmakers Face January 15 Deadline to Pass Spending Bill

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Iran As of last Friday, January 10, the bipartisan Senate bill (S. 1881) to increase sanctions on Iran had reportedly garnered a filibuster-proof majority – at least 60 Members supporting it.  While speculation is high as to when the bill will come to the Senate floor, many expect the bill … Continue Reading
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