Washington Update

April 24th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

Trade legislation made significant progress this week in Congress, but currency remains a key focus among many members. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved two amendments related to currency as part of a package of bills to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). However, similar measures were not expected to be included in related bills under review in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. Consideration by the full House and Senate is expected in the coming weeks....

April 10th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

The US Treasury Department in its latest exchange rate report did not cite China as a currency manipulator, but said that the renminbi (RMB) remains “significantly undervalued.” In its Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, Treasury said that China’s “real effective exchange rate appreciated by more than 10 percent in the past six months, the fastest pace since 2009.” However, Treasury noted that this appreciation does not go far enough, and that...