Updates

09/14/11
Andy Sullivan and Paul Eckert, Orlando Sentinel The Senate will try to pass legislation in coming weeks aimed at forcing China to stop holding its currency below market value, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday.
09/14/11
Tereza Coraggio, Foreign Policy In Focus "Panama is the sink where the dirtiest money is laundered," writes Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens. Unfortunately, it is also one of the countries with which the Obama administration is dead-set on implementing a Bush-negotiated free-trade agreement.
09/13/11
Eric Martin, Bloomberg President Barack Obama won a standing ovation when he called in his speech to Congress last week for lawmakers to approve stalled free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The cheers came from the Republican side of the chamber.
09/12/11

Gerald L. Tomasovsky, The Clarion-Ledger It isn't often that a strong conservative like myself agrees with a strong liberal like Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler.

09/12/11
Douglass Turner, The Buffalo News In full cheerleader mode — “Are you out there, America?” — President Obama quick-stepped us through his trophy room of corroding, empty gestures last Thursday night.
09/12/11
Molly K. Hooper, The Hill House Republican leaders face a tough task of finding enough votes to pass the three long-stalled free trade agreements.
09/12/11
Bennett Roth, Bloomberg South Korea, Colombia and Panama have hired extra lobbyists, publicists and consultants in the past year to nudge along their stalled trade deals with the U.S. “It’s been a disciplined and organized and comprehensive effort,” said Frank Samolis, a Patton Boggs LLP attorney leading his firm’s lobbying effort on behalf of the Korea International Trade Association.
09/09/11
Congressman Mike Michaud, Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, has sent a letter signed by his Maine and Massachusetts colleagues urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement does not undermine the American footwear industry.
09/09/11

Ian Fletcher, Huffington Post Some good news for once! Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's stand on trade issues, if he truly means what he says and goes the full distance with his published proposals, offers America the best shot at a real and sustained economic recovery that any major officeholder or candidate has yet offered.

09/09/11
Craig Harrington, Economy In Crisis In the past several weeks the major news media has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of press coverage given to free trade agreements. Major and mid-level media outlets have taken up the cause of stalled FTAs that are currently held up by partisan roadblocks in Congress.

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