By Julian Pecquet - 07/18/12 03:43 PM EDT
Panel chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusGlover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft Wyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny 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 HatchTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Froman: Too early to start trade talks with the UK Bacteria found ahead of Olympics underscores need for congressional action for new antibiotics 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.