Obama's Plan To Merge Export Agencies May Weaken USTR

Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 1:27 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama's plan to shrink the federal government and streamline six different trade-related agencies — including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative — received cautious backing by some lawmakers on Friday, but raised fears by others that it could damage America’s trade interests.

While the president on Friday touted the restructuring as a way to enhance and concentrate U.S. trade agencies, critics claim the inclusion of the USTR would marginalize what is widely lauded as one of the leanest and most effective federal agencies....
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