White House Releases Trade Agenda; E.U. Chief to Meet with Biden Next Week

You Auto Know 03/03/23

White House Releases Trade Agenda; E.U. Chief to Meet with Biden Next Week

On Wednesday the Biden Administration released its 2023 trade policy agenda and annual report. In the report, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said that the U.S. will continue ongoing discussions on small, bilateral and regional pacts, and will focus heavily on worker-centered policies and enforcement of existing trade deals. The administration has, thus far, shied away from pursuing new free trade agreements, focusing instead on trade “frameworks.”

The report’s release comes as President Joe Biden is preparing to meet with European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen next week in Washington.  Among the topics the two are expected to discuss is the Inflation Reduction Act, and in particular the climate provisions including the Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (CVTC) which has been a source of concern for the E.U., as well as many other trading partners. The implementation of the CVTC, and in particular the new battery requirements, is also expected to be raised In a meeting today between Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

U.S.-U.K. Agreement

Also this week, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation to push for a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom (U.K.).  The Undertaking Negotiations on Investment and Trade for Economic Dynamism (UNITED) Act would provide the administration with a two year extension of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in order to complete negotiations with the U.K. The bill is similar to legislation introduced in the last Congress by Sen. Coons and former Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who has since retired. 


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Quote of the Week

I’m disappointed the Biden administration has, once again, chosen not to prioritize building our trade relationships through enforceable, high-standard trade agreements. Their framework-first approach to trade fails to level the playing field for U.S. producers, falls short of lowering costs for U.S. consumers, and leaves opportunities on the table for adversaries like China.”

            -Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Chair, Trade Subcommittee (Politico)


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