Week in Review

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President Obama pushes for Asian trade deal, bill to reform toxic chemical regulation moves forward in House, and more….

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  • In an effort to reform key legislation concerning the nation’s toxic chemical laws for the first time in several decades, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee unanimously approved a draft of the bipartisan TSCA Modernization Act.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) issued a final rule amending the foreign trade regulations, which will exempt temporary exports from the reporting requirement.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act does not entirely foreclose the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) from determining that some mail preparation requirements constitute “changes in rates,” but that the Commission’s decision in the case was arbitrary and capricious “for lack of reasoned decisionmaking.”