WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California congressman at the center of a legal battle with the White House on Wednesday asked US trade officials to let him sit in on negotiations in San Diego next week between the United States and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Mac Campbell, assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs, told Representative Darrell Issa in a letter that his request to observe the negotiations was denied, but he and two members of his staff would receive credentials to attend the event as “stakeholders.
Protectionism stifles productivity,” Romney said in the book.. The trade promotion authority Romney would seek has long been considered essential for the United States to negotiate trade deals on the theory that other countries will not put their best offers on the table unless they are confident that Congress will not change the pact.. However, it is unpopular with labor groups – key Obama supporters – because they believe trade deals encourage US companies to move jobs overseas.. Even without the authority, the Obama administration is pursuing a free trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 10 other nations in the Asia Pacific region.. Those negotiations date back to the last years of the Bush administration, although Obama relaunched the talks in 2010 after an extensive review.. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk has said the White House would ask Congress for trade promotion authority before submitting the Trans Pacific pact to Congress for a vote.. Portman said he supported the proposed deal but believed it would be difficult to win significant new market opening commitments in a negotiation with so many countries involved.. Carol Guthrie, a spokeswoman for Kirk’s office, pushed back on that point, saying “all of the TPP partners are expressly committed to a high standard agreement that tackles old issues in new ways, and addresses new issues creatively.
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