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By Vicki Needham, On The Money blog at The Hill, June 27, 2011
A majority of House Democrats admonished U.S. trade officials for failing to consult with Congress and disclose details of negotiations on an Asia-Pacific trade deal.
On Wednesday, 132 of 191 Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk pressing him to increase transparency and openness in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks while ramping up engagement with Congress as complaints increase about the secrecy of the talks.
"We are troubled that important policy decisions are being made without full input from Congress,” wrote the lawmakers, led by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and George Miller (Calif.) [....]