Congress plays a major role in U.S. trade policy through its legislative and oversight authority. Since World War II, U.S. trade policy has focused on liberalizing markets by reducing trade and investment barriers, creating a rules-based trading system, enforcing commitments under trade agreements, and supporting economic growth. Trade policy, spanning a range of stakeholder interests, involves U.S. economic, foreign policy, and national security issues.
Date of Report: March 18, 2015
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