Senate Hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
April 22, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges
Senate Finance Committee
Full Committee Hearing
April 24, 10 a.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 215
Live webcast will be available.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed multilateral regional trade agreement currently being negotiated by 11 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam. If the parties agree to include Japan, the TPP countries will constitute 40% of global GDP and roughly 33% of international trade, according to a joint statement of the TPP Ministers released on Saturday, April 20. The TPP will address a broad range of goods, services, investments, and industry sectors. The U.S. Trade Representative is the chief negotiator for the United States and provides ongoing updates.

Among the scheduled witnesses, the President and CEO of the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, David Hirschmann, is scheduled to testify. GIPC advocates for stronger intellectual property rights and enforcement.

Additional scheduled witnesses include: The Honorable Karan Bhatia, Vice President and Senior Counsel of Global Government Affairs and Policy at GE Company; Bob Hanson, President of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation; and Tom Suber, President of the U. S. Dairy Export Council.