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[Asia-pacific] Republicans Line Up Against TPP Tobacco Carveout

McConnell, R-Ky., joined a growing Republican outcry on Thursday against a proposal to exclude tobacco from the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s dispute settlement provisions, urging U.S. trade officials to avoid an industry-specific carveout in the final deal
Law360
added Aug 1, 2015 09:40
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[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] McConnell keeps pressure on Obama in effort to protect tobacco in multi-national trade deal

Obama was granted fast-track trade in large part with McConnell’s help in June. The Hill writes that McConnell won’t be able to block a vote, but either chamber could sink the deal based on a majority vote. In Kentucky, the TPP issue is already on the r
KSTV cn|2 (Louisville, KY)
added Aug 1, 2015 09:35
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[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] McConnell warns Obama against tobacco carve-out in trade deal

McConnell said singling out the tobacco industry would set a dangerous precedent for future trade deals, in a letter to Obama’s top trade representative. The missive from McConnell suggests that congressional approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Hill
added Jul 31, 2015 15:41
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[Missouri] SPECIAL ELECTION Smoking ban lights up Aug. 4 ballot

The question posed to voters is: “Shall the Board of Aldermen give favorable consideration to its pending bill prohibiting smoking in enclosed places and places of employment?” Even if a majority of voters say “yes,” it does not mean aldermen will automa
Kearney (MO) Courier
added Jul 31, 2015 13:07
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[Australia, Hawaii] TIENHAARA/GLEESON: Govt should own up to cost of tobacco litigation

We now know how much just one case (that hasn't even ended) can cost taxpayers. To avoid having to make such expenditures in the future to defend much-needed health and environmental policies, the government needs to reject an ISDS clause applying to Aus
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Jul 31, 2015 12:21
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[New Jersey] Edgewater to wait on state to change age to buy tobacco

After introducing an ordinance last week that would have made Edgewater one of the few towns in New Jersey to raise the legal tobacco purchasing age from 19 to 21, the borough council has decided to table the measure and defer to the state for any action
Hackensack (NJ) Record/Herald News
added Jul 31, 2015 12:13
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[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] LETTER from the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina to Sen. Mitch McConnell (PDF)

economists at NC State University have generated trade models that estimate our increased export opportunity to the Pacific Rim nations could be as much as 40 million pounds (farm weight). This is the equivalent of doubling the production in the state of
SFNToday.com (Southern Farm Network)
added Jul 31, 2015 09:07
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[Asia-pacific, Hawaii] LETTER from 24 members of Congress to United States Trade Representative Froman (PDF)

We, along with colleagues in both the House and Senate, believe that any unique or different treatment of tobacco or tobacco products would in fact discriminate against tobacco farmers...Measures necessary to protect human health and/or public morals are
SFNToday.com (Southern Farm Network)
added Jul 31, 2015 09:00
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[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, North Carolina] VIDEO: Tillis Denounces Potential TPP Tobacco Carveout

Senate floor to denounce the likely carveout of tobacco...the trade promotion authority granted to President Obama last month stipulates that opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports must be “substantially equivalent to opportunities afforded foreign e
US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)
added Jul 31, 2015 08:41
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[Asia-pacific, Australia, Hawaii, North Carolina] Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks

U.S. lawmakers, including from tobacco-growing states such as North Carolina, renewed warnings against excluding tobacco from rules allowing foreign companies to sue a host government. ...was discussion of a U.S.-initiated exception in Maui. It would be n
Reuters
added Jul 31, 2015 08:09
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