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International Trade and Finance: Key Policy Issues for the 113th Congress


Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution grants authority over the regulation of foreign commerce to Congress. Congress exercises this authority in a variety of ways, including through the consideration of legislation to approve trade agreements and authorize trade programs and through oversight of trade policy more generally. Policy issues cover such areas as: U.S. trade negotiations; tariffs; nontariff barriers; worker dislocation from trade liberalization, trade remedy laws; import and export policies; international investment, economic sanctions; and the trade policy functions of the federal government. Congress also has an important role in international finance. For example, it has the authority over the level of U.S. financial commitments to international financial institutions and oversight responsibilities over trade- and finance-related agencies of the U.S. Government. The 112th Congress approved U.S. bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, extended the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs through December 31, 2013, and reauthorized the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) through July 31, 2013. In addition, Congress authorized permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status for Russia and Moldova, reauthorized the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and approved full U.S. participation in general capital increases for the World Bank and four regional development banks. It also conducted oversight of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.


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International Trade and Finance: Key Policy Issues for the 113th Congress  [Order No: R42882  Release Date: Apr 15,2013  Pages: 31]

International Trade and Finance: Key Policy Issues for the 113th Congress  [Order No: R42882  Release Date: Jan 04,2013  Pages: 32]