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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees to Hold Hearings on 2014 Trade Policy Agenda

On Thursday, April 3, the House Ways and Means hearing and Senate Finance hearing will take place regarding the 2014 trade policy agenda, with testimony from Ambassador Michael Froman.

Request for Comments on an Environmental Goods Agreement

On March 21, 2014, the USTR notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations for a World Trade Organization Environmental Goods Agreement. The Office of the USTR, on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is seeking public comments regarding U.S. interests and priorities with respect to this initiative.

Written comments are due by May 5, 2014
Hearing - May 5, 2014 in Washington, DC

CalChamber Companies in the News

Kaiser earns Business of the Year title from Vacaville Chamber
The Reporter News, April 1, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks
at Announcement of BMW’s Investment in U.S. Manufacturing

U.S. Department of Commerce, March 28, 2014

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

WTO issues panel report on US measures on Chinese products

Panels established at the request of Japan, China and Indonesia

From the White House

FACT SHEET: United States-Saudi Arabia Bilateral Relationship

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the Small Business Administration

FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Economic Ties That Bind

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Automotive Industry Driving Exports
**ITA Blog

Bringing Lessons Home From Korea
**ITA Blog

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces New Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Members

From the U.S. Trade Representative

FACT SHEET: 2014 National Trade Estimate Report Major Developments

U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces Recent Obama Administration Accomplishments in Reducing Trade Barriers

The Facts on Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Safeguarding
the Public Interest and Protecting Investors

Trade Agreements

U.S. International Trade Commission Releases Report on How T-TIP Will Benefit Small Businesses
USTR, March 28, 2014

Stakeholder Consultations, Investment and the T-TIP
USTR, March 27, 2014

Obama Says Proposed EU Trade Pact
Won’t Weaken Environment Rules

Bloomberg, March 26, 2014

TTIP: It's the Geoeconomy, Stupid
National Interest, March 26, 2014

A quick look at 2 US trade deals being negotiated
Associated Press, March 26, 2014


Action Call

Contact your Congressional Representative
in support of
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

Bipartisan Congressional
Trade Priorities Act of 2014

H.R. 3830 / S.1900


California Congressional Pictorial Roster

California Congressional Committee Assignments

Bill Summary


Trade Benefits America Coalition

Why economists say 2014 could prove breakout year
The Sacramento Bee, March 27, 2014

U.S. fourth-quarter growth raised to 2.6 percent
Reuters, March 27, 2014


SUPPORT AJR 34 (Cooley-D) Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension

4/22014 - Committee on Insurance
9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 437 
PEREA, Chair

Urges Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for U. S. economic stability and continuity following a terrorist attack.

Letter to Author

Bill Versions: 02/13/2014 Introduced

SUPPORT AJR 37 (Muratsuchi-D)
Export-Import Bank

3/25/2014 - In Senate Committee on Rules 

Urges Congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, thereby enabling U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.


Bill Versions: 03/24/2014 Amended


More International Articles

China expected to overtake U.S. in business travel spending by 2015
Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2014

Portugal's budget deficit falls, remains on target
The Sacramento Bee, March 31, 2014

Euro zone inflation drops to lowest since 2009
Reuters, March 31, 2014

China looks abroad for greener pastures
Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2014

Abe Names Special Strategic Zones in Bid to Boost Japan’s Allure
Bloomberg, March 28, 2014

European Commission gives the go ahead for a tax break
for UK video games sector

UK Government, March 27, 2014

Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas
Reuters, March 26, 2014

Standard and Poor’s Downgrades Brazil’s Credit Rating To BBB-; What Will This Mean For The Country?
International Business Times, March 25, 2014



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Branding the Monterey Bay Region

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5/19/2014 - 5/29/2014
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Consular Corps Luncheon

5/27/2014 - 5/29/2014
IFE 2014

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6/3/2014 - 6/7/2014
Computex Tapei 2014

6/19/2014 - 6/21/2014
MIFB Food/Beverage Trade Fair

World Expo: Milan 


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