Obama can reach deal on corporate taxes: Pritzker

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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is disputing the notion that President Barack Obama will be unable to reach a deal on corporate tax reform with the Republican-controlled Congress during his last two years in office.

"We're looking for where is the overlap in policy so we can actually get something accomplished. And I think given the new Congress and given their commitment, I think there's a real opportunity," she told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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She said Obama did not touch on the issue during his State of the Union address on Tuesday because he was focused expressing to the American people what is happening in the economy and what is to come for the average person.

Asked which would have a larger impactchanges to income and estate taxes that the president has emphasized or corporate tax reformPritzker said the United States needs an all-of-the-above strategy.

As for Democratic and labor union opposition to fast-tracking international trade deals, Pritzker said she is communicating actively with Democratic representatives. "This is about American leadership. If we don't set the rules for trade in the 21st century, our competitors are," she said.

Following early steps to renew relations with Cuba, Pritzker reiterated the administration's stance that it will not compromise its commitment to human rights. She said re-establishing commercial ties gives the United States greater access to the Cuban people and the ability to provide greater communication and openness through telecommunications development.

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New regulations took effect last week that make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, to send money there and to export goods from the Communist country.

"I think we have to look at this as a long process. I don't think this is about overnight change. This is about first steps," she said.

—CNBC's Katie Kramer contributed reporting to this story.

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