Apr 202011

Knowledge Ecology International has posted the written answers submitted to the Senate Finance Committee by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk after his March 9 testimony.  In his responses to questions from Sen. Wyden, Kirk asserts that “ACTA can be implemented without new legislation” and that it “does not constrain Congress’ authority to change U.S. law.” Senator Carper attacked the 2007 policy deal between the Bush Administration and Congressional Democrats as one that “lowered Intellectual Property protections for pharmaceutical companies below U.S. standards contained in previous Free Trade Agreements” and asked for reassurance that  pharmaceutical industry interests will receive the “highest levels of protection” in the TPP. Senator Hatch asked Kirk to “ensure that the TPP builds off the Korus Agreement to provide the highest IP standards.”

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  4 Responses to “Ron Kirk’s Responses to Written Questions from the Senate Finance Committee”

  1. […] – because, according to the Executive, ACTA is fully consistent with current US law. This, the administration has long argued, is why the US can “implement” ACTA with no Congressional […]

  2. […] there are no plans to submit it to Congress for congressional approval.3 The Obama administration has long argued that the President has the authority to “implement” ACTA by “Executive […]

  3. […] an about face on March 6, 2012, when Department of State Legal Advisor Harold Koh refused to back USTR’s theory that it could enter any agreement that does not change US law (but binds Congress not to change it) […]

  4. […] claimed that it could be ratified by a sole executive agreement order of the President (see written submission to Senate Finance, USTR ACTA signing statement). A sole executive agreement is a rare type of binding international […]