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"Today, the Administration has indicated its readiness to begin technical discussions Thursday morning with key congressional staff on the draft implementing bills … for the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama."
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Press Release, May 4, 2011
Last month, President Obama laid out a bold pledge to consolidate and reorganize the federal government in support of a more competitive America. If you missed that line, it was right before his joke about salmon being regulated by different agencies depending on whether they’re in fresh or salt water. While President Obama specifically referenced a dozen agencies working on export promotion, it’s difficult to gauge whether the consolidation wave will touch all of them or just a lucky few. Those talks are happening behind closed doors. So, we’re left trying to read the tea leaves. Base