Tag Archives: United States

May 28, 2020: The Future of US/UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

“We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also is representative of his administration’s mindset to international negotiations. President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & EU Developments, Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – May 26, 2020

The US House of Representatives returns to Washington this week, but negotiations aimed at forging a bipartisan consensus on the next federal COVID-19 response package are still weeks away. The Memorial Day holiday weekend brought a surge of activity by Americans who have been in lockdown for months and are yearning for a return to … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – May 22, 2020

The 73rd World Health Assembly (Assembly) convened virtually on 18-19 May; the US remains critical of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to the spread of COVID-19 and its relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  The Assembly is the key decision-making body of the WHO that is attended by representatives of the United … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – May 15, 2020

On 4 May, the EU hosted a virtual international summit to secure approximately US$8.2 billion in pledged funding for research into vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.  While the US government did not participate in the summit (nor did Russia or India), it continues to prioritize securing a vaccine this year.  Meanwhile, the national trend in … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – May 1, 2020

Google and Apple are collaborating on contact-tracing technology that allows for better communication between the two operating platforms to help alert individuals that may have crossed paths with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The two companies noted in a joint statement issued earlier this month, “[W]e hope to harness the power of technology to help countries … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the global economy, as social distancing and shelter in place orders in various countries have affected employees, factories and global supply chains. After several weeks of restrictions, governments around the world are outlining plans to return to a “new normal,” post-COVID. US President Donald Trump released federal guidelines last … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – April 17, 2020

As the curve of COVID-19 cases flattens in parts of the US and Europe, government officials are exploring ways to restart their economies.  Looking further ahead, doing so will likely include resuming the stalled transatlantic talks aimed at securing new trade agreements.  In the aftermath of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, governments kept the global economy … Continue Reading

NAFTA Modernization Talks – Round One Completed; Next Stop, Mexico

The first round of 5-day negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) concluded on August 20. In a joint statement released by trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada, they restated the commitment to updating the deal, continuing domestic consultations, and working on draft text. They also committed to a … Continue Reading

Senate Continues Work on Iran and Russia Sanctions

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene on Monday, June 12 at 4:00 pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary … Continue Reading

Congress to Vote on Funding Bill; House to Consider North Korea Sanctions Legislation

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until today at 3:00pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Clayton nomination. House … Continue Reading

Congress Searches for Funding Solution; Senate to Vote on Perdue Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 3:00pm today, April 24.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Calendar #31, the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture.  The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of … Continue Reading

Gorsuch Hearing to Kick Off in Senate; House Set to Vote on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 21.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.  After morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on CMS Nominee, House Continues Work on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 2:00 pm today, March 13.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, nominated to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote … Continue Reading

House to Consider Defense Spending Bill; Senate Schedule Free of Cabinet Confirmations

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until today, March 6 at 2:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.37, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, with the time until … Continue Reading

Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke Get Their Day in the Senate, House Returns for Full Week

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate convenes today, February 27, at 12:00pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Wilbur Ross, to be Secretary of Commerce. At 3:00pm, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address.  Following the reading of Washington’s … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Mnuchin, Shulkin, and McMahon

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00pm today, February 13. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will enter Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury. There are seven hours of post-cloture debate time remaining. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the … Continue Reading

Senate Set to Vote on DeVos, Short Week for House

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00pm today, February 6. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. The confirmation vote on the DeVos nomination is expected on Tuesday, February 7. Procedural votes are possible tonight around 6:00pm. As a reminder, … Continue Reading
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