S. 3225 (112th): Congressional Oversight Over Trade Negotiations Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 23, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3225

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 23, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To require the United States Trade Representative to provide documents relating to trade negotiations to Members of Congress and their staff upon request, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Oversight Over Trade Negotiations Act.

2.

Access of Members of Congress and their staff to documents relating to trade negotiations

(a)

Purposes

The purposes of this section are—

(1)

to ensure the adequate consultation of the United States Trade Representative with Members of Congress;

(2)

to provide Members of Congress with appropriate opportunities—

(A)

to advise the Trade Representative with respect to the formulation of trade policy; and

(B)

to propose specific negotiating objectives for trade negotiations; and

(3)

to provide Members of Congress with the information necessary to assess compliance with and enforcement of commitments made by countries that are parties to trade agreements with the United States.

(b)

Access to certain documents

Notwithstanding section 2107 of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 (19 U.S.C. 3807) or any other provision of law, the United States Trade Representative shall provide access to documents, including classified materials, relating to negotiations for a trade agreement to which the United States may be a party and policies advanced by the Trade Representative in such negotiations to—

(1)

any Member of Congress that requests such documents; and

(2)

staff of such a Member with proper security clearances.