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 BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president 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 HatchFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform 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.