Trade & Manufacturing – December 2015

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline –

On November 6, President Obama announced his decision to deny TransCanada’s application for approval to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This decision comes over seven years after TransCanada filed its application and after many significant events in 2015 that culminated in President Obama’s announcement. Although the application denial is a significant setback for the pipeline, it does not necessarily mean that the project will never be approved.

As reported in the February edition of this newsletter, the U.S. Congress passed a bill in January 2015 to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline, which would span nearly 1,200 miles from Canada to the United States, ran into a significant obstacle, however, when President Obama vetoed the bill in February 2015. He vetoed the bill because “this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest[.]” Supporters of the pipeline in Congress failed to collect enough votes to override the veto. President Obama’s veto did not terminate TransCanada’s application. Instead, it maintained the authority of President Obama—not Congress—to authorize the pipeline.

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President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline
Clint Long
On November 6, President Obama announced his decision to deny
TransCanada’s application for approval to build the Keystone XL
Pipeline. This decision comes over seven years after TransCanada filed
its application and after many significant events in 2015 that
culminated in President Obama’s announcement. Although the
application denial is a significant setback for the pipeline, it does not
necessarily mean that the project will never be approved. More »

With Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Concluded,
Administration Turns to Clearing Domestic Hurdles
Bonnie Byers and Joseph A. Laroski Jr.
The working text (all 5,500+ pages) of the 12-country Trans-Pacific
Partnership Agreement (TPP) was released to the public on November
5. This text is still undergoing an intense legal scrub and must be
translated into its other official languages prior to signature. With the
text now public, the Administration has an opportunity to demonstrate
to a skeptical Congress and to the American public how the TPP has
achieved its ambition of a “21st Century Agreement” that promises
benefits for American farmers, businesses, and workers. Once
implemented, the agreement among Australia, Brunei Darussalam,
Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore, United States, and Vietnam will create an integrated
regional economy accounting for 40 percent of global GDP. More »

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
and King & Spalding Host Successful Workshop on U.S.
Manufacturing and Public Policy
Lauren M. Donoghue
On Thursday, October 29, a group of academics, government officials
and business leaders gathered at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis to
discuss policy solutions for reviving the manufacturing sector in the

In This Issue
President Obama Rejects
Keystone Pipeline
With Trans-Pacific
Partnership Negotiations
Concluded,
Administration Turns to
Clearing Domestic
Hurdles
Indiana University School
of Public and
Environmental Affairs
and King & Spalding
Host Successful
Workshop on U.S.
Manufacturing and Public
Policy
ITC Initiates Investigation
Into Likely Impact Of
Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement
News of Note
The WTO Reaches 500
Requests for Dispute
Settlement
Bill Updating The Buy
American Act Makes The
Rounds In Congress
The United States and South
Africa Work to Resolve
Export Barriers

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United States. The “U.S. Manufacturing and Public Policy: Road Map
for the Future” workshop was hosted by Indiana University’s School of
Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and organized in conjunction
with King & Spalding. More »

ITC Initiates Investigation Into Likely Impact Of Trans-Pacific
Partnership Agreement
J. Michael Taylor, Jeffrey M. Telep, and Joseph A. Laroski Jr.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has requested,
pursuant to section 105 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities
and Accountability Act of 2015, that the U.S. International Trade
Commission (ITC) conduct an assessment of the likely impact of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the U.S. economy as a
whole, on specific industry sectors, and on the interests of U.S.
consumers. More »

News of Note

The WTO Reaches 500 Requests for Dispute Settlement –
Marcus Sohlberg – The World Trade Organization (WTO) reached
a milestone on November 10 when Pakistan filed the 500th request
for trade consultation since the organization’s inception in
1995. More »

Bill Updating The Buy American Act Makes The Rounds In
Congress – Quinn Bailey & Shannon Doyle Barna – In October
2015, two Congressmen proposed legislation known as the 21st
Century Buy American Act which, if passed, would amend the Buy
American Act. More »

The United States and South Africa Work to Resolve Export
Barriers – Kate Benner – There were several developments during
November in the ongoing dispute between the United States and
South Africa over South African’s treatment of agricultural imports
from the United States. More »

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