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Tag Archives: Trade

Bernie opposes Ex-Im. Will it “cost him” in Washington State’s Democratic caucuses? No.

Excerpt: Last night’s Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders included a lengthy exchange over an issue of concern to Washington State’s political leadership: the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which members of Washington’s congressional delegation fought hard to protect and then to reauthorize after Republicans shamefully allowed its charter to expire. The candidates disagree over […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations completed in Atlanta, says White House

Excerpt: Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an unprecedented trade pact that has been developed in secret by diplomats representing eleven nations as well as lobbyists for large, multinational corporations, have finally been completed, the Obama administration announced this morning. “This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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DelBene, Kilmer, Larsen planning to vote for fast-track; McDermott, Smith, Heck opposed

Excerpt: As many readers of the Cascadia Advocate may have heard, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote tomorrow on controversial “trade promotion authority” legislation that would grant President Barack Obama the power to fast-track the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. This legislation has already made it through the Senate and is now awaiting a vote […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership blocked in U.S. Senate (for now)

Excerpt: Divisive trade promotion authority legislation the White House is seeking to put the Trans-Pacific partnership on a fast-track to passage ran off the rails today, with the United States Senate voting mostly along party lines not to invoke cloture on the bill. The legislation could still come up again, but at least for the time […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama unwisely ratchets up feud with Senator Warren over fast-track, TPP

Excerpt: In a just-published interview with political columnist Matt Bai, who now writes for Yahoo, President Barack Obama has unwisely chosen to ratchet up his feud with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fast-track legislation that would require a final version of the TPP to receive an up or down vote […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden vote to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership in Senate Finance

Excerpt: Deeply disappointing news to share tonight: So-called “fast-track” legislation that would prevent Congress from considering amendments to prior to a future vote on ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is moving forward after the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee voted twenty to six to advance it. Among the twenty senators who voted in favor were Washington’s Maria […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to region’s congressional delegation: Stand strong against fast-track for TPP

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The following message regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership is being sent today to our region’s United States Senators and Representatives, excluding Ron Wyden and Dave Reichert, who are on record in support of legislation to give President Obama the authority to negotiate a final incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that couldn’t be amended by […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Elite American security firm: Chinese military is behind attacks on U.S. corporate networks

Excerpt: For many months now, independent security researchers and journalists have been openly speculating that the Chinese military is behind a significant percentage of the increasing number of cyberattacks on U.S. corporate and government networks. Now, elite American security firm Mandiant – which Bloomberg Businessweek profiled in one of its recent issues – has publicly released […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

Excerpt: This afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County (the co-lead agencies) are holding the seventh in a series of scoping meetings to determine how to best proceed with an environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer railroad spur at the Washington State Convention […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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