What is the Role of Congress in International Trade Policy?
Congress has primary authority over U.S. trade policy through its constitutional power to levy tariffs and regulate foreign commerce (Article 1, §8). Through Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and other legislation, Congress has delegated some trade authorities to the Executive branch but retains an active role in formulating trade policy and shaping outcomes.
With TPA having lapsed in 2021, what role can Congress play and how can they shape outcomes on important trade issues facing the United States, including related to China, at the World Trade Organization, and in negotiations with Europe and in the Indo-Pacific region?
Paul H. DeLaney, III, Partner, Kyle House Group; former International Trade Counsel to Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Nasim Fussell, Senior Vice President, Lot Sixteen; former Chief International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance; former Trade Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means
David Skillman, Managing Director, Arnold & Porter; former Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, former Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means