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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Congressional Support for Trade:
Freshman Trade Letter

On Thursday, June 27 a group of 35 freshman Republican Members of Congress, including CA Congressmen David Valadao of Bakersfield CD-21 and Doug LaMalfa of Oroville CD-1, sent a letter to new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman pledging to work with the administration on a broad trade agenda: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). They are calling for the expansion of trade to increase economic growth and create jobs across the country.

Testimony by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman Before the House Committee on Ways and Means
USTR, July 18, 2013

Featured Headlines: Immigration

CalChamber attracts more notice on immigration reform stance
Sacramento Business Journal, July 23, 2013

Immigration bill drive targets state's GOP House delegation
The Sacramento Bee, July 22, 2013

Boxer, Feinstein: Immigration Bill 'The Right Thing for California'
The Sacramento Bee, July 17, 2013

CalChamber pushing state congressional delegation on immigration reform
ABC 23 News, July 17, 2013

Which States Benefit Most From Immigration Changes?
The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2013

CalChamber urges immigration reform in video
Sacramento Bee, July 16, 2013

CalChamber News Video Focuses on Need for Immigration Reform: Zaremberg Calls on California Congressional Delegation to Provide Leadership
CalChamber, July 15, 2013

Chamber head says California House members should lead immigration debate
The Sacramento Bee, July 13, 2013

Immigration Reform Critical for California Economy
CalChamber, July 12, 2013

CalChamber Companies in the News

Chevron El Segundo gives $1.6 million to South Bay schools
Easy Reader News, July 18, 2013

Southwest offers travel grants to patients seeking treatment in Baltimore
Baltimore Sun, July 15, 2013

Sacramento is hungry for business in China
* Featuring Mark Jansen, president and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers, CalChamber Board of Directors member, vice chair of the Council for International Trade, and Margaret Wong, president and CEO of McWong International, member of CalChamber's Board of Directors and member of CalChamber's Council for International Trade. 
Sacramento Business Journal, July 12, 2013

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: European Union
July 16-18, 2013

WTO extends scope of the Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal

Lamy launches the “book of record” on the WTO

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

Road to Bali much clearer than two months ago — Lamy

Lamy hails transparency as the best insurance policy against protectionism

Fast-changing nature of world trade poses new policy challenges, report says

Farm talks chair reports modest progress and calls
for ‘an extremely focused’ autumn

Lamy: “Trade capacity building is now firmly embedded in the WTO psyche

From the White House

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on Asia-Pacific Policy

Background Conference Call with Senior Administration Officials
on Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden's Trip to India and Singapore

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Burma is Opening for Business
**ITA Blog

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Launches Nationwide Listening Tour

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at a Meeting
of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Negotiations Committee

Statement by the U.S. Government on Labor Rights
and Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Ambassador Froman Delivers Keynote Speech at Transatlantic Week Events

USTR Froman Expresses U.S. Disappointment at Halt
of Information Technology Agreement Talks

Readout of Meeting between Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
Sapiro and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Panjikidze

Excerpts of Remarks by United States Trade Representative
Michael Froman at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) Annual Awards Dinner

Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the European Union

Readout of Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and EU Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier

Trade Agreements

U.S. Korea Connect's Exclusive Interview with Ambassador Ahn Ho-young
U.S. Korea Connect, July 2013

Japan election results could boost US-Pacific free trade pact
The Hill Blog, July 21, 2013

Prospects high for fruitful end to Thailand-EU FTA talks
The Nation-Thailand, July 20, 2013

India-EU FTA could soon be inked, hopes prime minister
Daily News--India, July 19, 2013

Ambassador Froman Meets with EU Officials to Build Upon Last Week’s Inaugural Round of TTIP Negotiations
USTR, July 17, 2013

Taiwan in free-trade talks with India, Indonesia
The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2013

The United States and the European Union: Building
On Our Economic and Strategic Partnership

US Department of State, June 24, 2013


CalChamber Identifies Top 10 Things Employers
Do to Get Sued

CalChamber, July 19, 2013

California poised to regain No. 8 ranking
in global economy

The Sacramento Bee, July 11, 2013

UC Davis unveils plan for World Food Center
The Sacramento Bee, July 19, 2013

More International Articles

French Business Confidence Rises to Highest in 15 Months
Bloomberg, July 23, 2013

Business groups push U.S. Congress to prevent import tax hike
Reuters, July 22, 2013

Europe still sleeping even as Japan, Britain stir
Reuters, July 21, 2013

WTO sees EU, US trade domination shifting by 2035 in favor of China, India
Associated Press, July 18, 2013

U.S. will join EU's case against Russia's auto recycling fee
Reuters, July 18, 2013

U.K. Retail Sales Increase as Discounts Spur Consumer Demand
Bloomberg, July 18, 2013

Asian economies struggling to reignite growth while exports sag
Reuters, July 18, 2013

U.S. lawmaker sees busy legislative trade agenda in coming months
Reuters, July 17, 2013

Russian Investment Unexpectedly Contracts in June
Bloomberg, July 17, 2013

China's premier holds the line on reforming economy
Reuters, July 17, 2013


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