Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade [...]
Excerpts from a commentary in The Hill:
The Jones Act keeps this country strong by supporting jobs at American shipyards, promoting industrial investment and training, and contributing to our country’s economy and national defense.
Even so, every month you can count on special interests claiming that the Jones Act has outlived its usefulness and should [...]
From The Guardian:
The more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you’ll like it. It’s made for corporate intellectual property and profits
No clearer demonstration of the real White House view is offered than a just-leaked draft of an international treaty that would, as many had feared, create draconian new rights for [...]
Parts of the nation’s $500 billion farm bill that Congress is considering would prohibit the government from disclosing some information about farmers or their employees, possibly preventing people from learning about nearby agricultural and large-scale livestock operations blamed for polluting water or soil.
“Members of the public have a right to know about agricultural and [...]
The White House has announced that President Obama has cancelled his trip to Bali for APEC, where the political trade-offs on the TPPA were expected to get underway.
Obama had already canned the Malaysia and Philippines legs of his Asia trip, which was seen as a blow to the US strategy to reassert its presence [...]
VANCOUVER, WA (October 1, 2013) – Members of Congress are voicing concern over Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while Japanese conglomerates have locked out ILWU grain workers in Washington and Oregon for months. In a letter sent this week, several House members urge U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to help resolve the lockout [...]
[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]
August 29, 2013
President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
Re: ILWU Disaffiliation
It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]
Japan is likely to start negotiating on its tariffs on rice and other key farm products with other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks in September or later, the Japanese government said Monday.
Japan has been keen to negotiate on retaining its high tariffs on imported rice, wheat, beef, pork, dairy products and [...]
The legislation would change the Harbor Maintenance Tax and give shippers “new incentives to move their goods through American ports-particularly those in the Pacific Northwest,” said Senator Murray.
A US Senate bill could go forward next month that will propose a repeal of the existing Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) [...]
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Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stinging resolution Wednesday that criticized the administration for [...]
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