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  • U.S. Senate committee postpones hearing on trade Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 25- A key U.S. Senate committee postponed a hearing planned for Thursday on trade and its chairman said talks were continuing on the final form of a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said he was still in discussions with the top Democrat on the panel, Ron...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- A meeting aimed at sealing a Pacific trade deal has been called for April, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday, adding he was hopeful it would be finalized in the next few months. "I am very optimistic that there will be good news for the TPP in the first half of this year," Mexico's Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters. On Jan. 22, Guajardo said a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The Obama administration has no way to repair the damage that would result from a Supreme Court decision against Obamacare that would make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans, a top health adviser said on Tuesday. The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether residents in at least 34 U.S. states are eligible for...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting...

  • Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21- President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, an agreement that would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Chief negotiators for a Pacific trade deal will meet in Hawaii for talks in the second week of March, the U.S. trade office said on Friday, a move which potentially pushes back the timing of a final agreement on the pact. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Feb. 5 he hoped to reach agreement on the bulk of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Chief negotiators for a Pacific trade deal will meet in Hawaii for talks in the second week of March, a source familiar with the planning of the meeting said on Friday, potentially pushing back the timing of a final agreement on the pact. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Feb. 5 he hoped to reach agreement on the bulk of the...

  • U.S. officials are lobbying lawmakers to support legislation allowing the White House to submit trade deals to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments, in exchange for setting negotiating goals. "I think there's still work that needs to be done to make sure that people are comfortable in knowing there's adequate transparency, and understanding and...

  • The bill comes on top of efforts to include rules against deliberate weakening of currencies in a Pacific trade agreement and in upcoming legislation to fast track trade deals through Congress. Graham joined nine other lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress in introducing legislation putting currency manipulation on a par with export...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- President Barack Obama on Monday revived a proposal to fold the office of the U.S. It comes at a hectic time, with U.S. negotiators hoping to complete work on the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership within months and lawmakers expected soon to consider legislation to streamline the passage of such deals through Congress.

  • In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers' support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if...

  • Trade Representative says Congress should pass fast-track. *Senate committee chair warns no Pacific pact before fast-track. WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The head of the Senate committee responsible for trade said on Tuesday he hopes to present a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress in February. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said he was still working with the top Democrat on the panel, Ron Wyden, and others on the final form of the bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The head of the U.S. Senate committee responsible for trade said on Thursday he wanted to introduce a bill by the end of January that grants the White House authority to fast track trade deals. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday any deal would still take several months to pass through Congress. Obama asked Congress this week...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The head of the U.S. Senate committee responsible for trade said on Thursday he wanted to introduce a bill by the end of January that grants the White House authority to fast track trade deals. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said talks with Democrats on the final form of the bill, seen as key to sealing major trade deals, had come a...

  • But Republicans who control of both houses of Congress are in no mood to raise taxes on anyone and were quick to pan Obama's proposal. "This plan that we'll hear about tonight appears to be more about redistribution, with added complexity, and class warfare, directed at job-creating small businesses, than about tax reform," said Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The Senate's top tax law writer accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of undertaking "class warfare" with his plan to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to help the middle class. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the proposals Obama is expected to set out in his State of the Union address on...

  • Obama tax proposals run into Republican criticism Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 12:10 PM ET

    With the start of a new Congress this month under Republican control, lawmakers have been discussing tax reform. However, with Congress deeply divided on fiscal policy, Obama's latest tax plan is likely to hit strong opposition. "The president needs to stop listening to his liberal allies who want to raise taxes at all costs and start working with Congress to fix...