Senators slam Obama administration's lack of transparency in trade negotiations

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“This committee of all people should have the kind of access that is already provided to others,” Crapo added.

Panel chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.) said the negotiation “clearly requires some sensitivity.” 

“We have to protect the confidentiality clearly of our negotiators,” he said.

Wyden and Crapo withdrew their amendments requiring that lawmakers and staff with security clearances have access to trade negotiation documents after Baucus and the top Republican on the panel, Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchSenate panel to hold hearing next week for Trump IRS nominee On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs MORE (R-Utah) promised to work with them going forward.

Congress, not the U.S. Trade Representative, decided which interest groups have access to the TPP negotiations. Lobbyists were banned from sitting on advisory committees nearly three years ago, while nonprofit groups, academics and think tanks have a seat at the table.