White House, Business Groups Commend Congress for Passage of Russia Trade Bill

Thursday, 6 December 2012
The Hill

The Obama administration and business groups commended Congress on Thursday for clearing legislation that would grant permanent normal trade relations to Russia.

... The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) called the bill essential to increasing U.S. exports.

“With today’s vote, U.S. exporters and service providers now have an opportunity to compete on a level playing field in one of the world’s largest expanding markets and to reap the benefits of Russia’s membership in the WTO,” said NFTC Vice President Dan O’Flaherty. “We urge the president to sign the bill into law without delay.”

Still the group, which had pressed for narrower human rights sanctions, expressed disappointment that the human right language didn't include a sunset provision, in case the sanctions become unnecessary, O’Flaherty said.

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