'Fast-Track' Won't Usurp Congress' Authority, USTR Says

Law360, New York (January 7, 2014, 6:41 PM EST) -- The top U.S. trade official said Monday that the “fast-track” power the Obama administration is seeking to help pursue its trade agenda would not force Congress to forfeit oversight of trade negotiations.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended the president's trade policy goals, including its pursuit of Trade Promotion Authority — a provision sometimes referred to as “fast-track” that generally allows the executive branch to negotiate trade agreements while limiting Congress to a yes-or-no vote on a proposed agreement without amendments. Froman's comments came during an...
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