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What is the Role of Congress in Trade Policymaking?

  • HVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Recent trade announcements have launched torrents of headlines, and reinforced the impression that the president is the judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to trade policy. But the U.S. Constitution grants Congress authority to regulate international trade including establishing tariffs, drafting and implementing trade agreements, and other provisions affecting commerce within the United States. Through Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and other legislation, Congress has delegated authority to steer trade policy to the President, but in light of events surrounding China, NAFTA and trade enforcement measures, there are renewed efforts for Congress to reclaim the wheel.

Join us on June 15th as we explore the role of Congress in trade policy with former senior Congressional trade staff.


Paul H. DeLaney, III

Partner, Kyle House Group, and former International Trade Counsel, Senate Finance Committee

Stephen Claeys

Partner, Wiley Rein, and former International Trade Counsel, House Committee on Ways & Means

Stacy Ettinger
Partner, K&L Gates, and former Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; former Deputy Staff Director Joint Economic Committee

Friday, June 15th
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Room HVC-200