to lobbyists and trade experts, the Senate Finance
Committee is likely to markup Generalized System
of Preferences (GSP) and African Growth and
Opportunity Act (AGOA) renewal bills in addition
to a Haiti preferences package and Customs
Reauthorization legislation alongside Trade
Promotion Authority (TPA) in mid-to-late April,
possibly before Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
arrives in Washington on April 28.
is possible that the markup will only take place
if Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., and ranking
member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., strike a TPA deal in the
coming days. Right now there is no agreement on
TPA and staff continue to negotiate. The two sides
continue to make progress but Hatch has been
quoted as saying only that he "hopes to move
legislation this Spring."
Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) renewal appears to
be shelved for the time being.
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