Obama Pushes Russia Trade Bill, Minus Human Rights Terms

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday urged Congress to quickly normalize trade relations with Russia before the country joins the World Trade Organization, reiterating the White House's request that lawmakers do so without human rights conditions.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns told the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means that if Congress did not repeal the Jackson-Vanik amendment — a 30-year-old trade restriction passed to punish the Soviet Union for human rights abuses — the WTO's framework...
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