Democrats fault administration’s process in 232 probes, request briefings ‘immediately’

Democratic lawmakers, troubled by what they view as a lack of transparency and “due process” in the administration’s reviews of whether steel and aluminum imports are harming national security, are demanding briefings on both Section 232 investigations “immediately.” [Jenny Leonard] June 20th [Inside Trade] “It is troubling that to date the Administration has not briefed…

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Agreement close on Buy American program, Klein says; discussions continue

With major issues still unsettled, it would appear there was some movement on Monday on one piece of end-of-session legislation: A Buy American program. [Matthew Hamilton] June 19th, 2017 [Times Union]  Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein said legislative leaders and the governor are nearing a three-way agreement on Buy American, a proposal pushed by Gov.…

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UNITED STATES FARMERS FILE SUIT TO REQUIRE COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELING ON MEAT PRODUCTS

The Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Monday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suit alleges that USDA regulations that allow beef and pork to be classified as “domestic products,”…

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Do Savings Rates Cause Trade Deficits?

By Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA, and Jeff Ferry, Research Director Some influential economists misleadingly assert that US trade deficits are caused by American households failing to save enough and also by federal budget deficits. Taking action against strategic foreign economic policies, their story continues, would be futile. This paper comprehensively disproves the savings rate…

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