Inside U.S. Trade: "Ryan Omits Human Trafficking Amendment, Says It Could Complicate TPP"


House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the April 23 markup of the fast-track bill refused to include a provision that would likely affect Malaysia for its failure to fight human trafficking with the argument that the amendment could complicate the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The amendment in question was adopted at the Senate Finance Committee’s markup of the fast-track legislation, also known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), after being offered by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). It would strip fast-track procedures from a trade agreement with any country listed under the most egregious category of a State Department report on human trafficking.

Malaysia, which is participating in the TPP negotiations, currently falls into this category.

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