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Federal Government Sites:

Export-Import Bank of the United States
Provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, guarantees the repayment of loans or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services, and provides credit insurance against non-payment by foreign buyers for political or commercial risk. Ex-Im is not an aid or development agency, but a government held corporation, managed by a Board of Directors.

House Ways and Means Committee
The Ways and Means Committee is the starting point for every bill dealing with Federal revenues that is introduced in the Congress. The committee also deals with healthcare, trade, Social Security, and welfare related issues.

The President's Export Council, Virtual Trade Mission
The private sector leadership of the President's Export Council has created the Virtual Trade Mission Group for middle school, high school and college students as part of a new communications strategy for the PEC to increase public awareness of the importance of America's export economy and the need to for a bi-partisan public-private strategy to meet the challenges of the global marketplace.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
This committee has jurisdiction over all matters related to the national security policy, foreign policy, and international economic policy of the United States.

Senate Commerce, Science & Technology Committee
This committee has jurisdiction over all matters related to science and technology, oceans policy, transportation, communications, and consumer affairs.

THOMAS (Library of Congress)
The mission of the LOC is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Index of State and Local Government Web-Sites

U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. International Trade Statistics
This bureau is charged with collecting and providing timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

U.S. Customs Service
This agency is charged with ensuring that all goods and persons entering the United States do so in accordance with all U.S. laws and regulations.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration
This agency is charged with enhancing the nation's security and it's economic prosperity by controlling exports for national security, foreign policy, and short supply reasons. The agency administers the Export Administration Act by developing export control policies, issuing export licenses, and prosecuting violaters.

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
This agency is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses compete in the global marketplace by: implementing a National Export Strategy, providing Industry and Country analysis for U.S. businesses, and by supporting new-to-market and new-to-export businesses through strategically located U.S. Export Assistance Centers.

U.S. Department of Commerce Business and Trade Web Sites
The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans, by working in partnership with business, universities, communities, and workers.

U.S. Department of Commerce, STAT-USA
A service of the Economic and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce, the site provides the U.S. business, economic and trade community with authoritative information from hundreds of offices and divisions within the Federal government.

U.S. Information Agency
Has functioned since 1953 as an independent foreign affairs agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, charged with the conduct of public diplomacy in support of U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. International Trade Commission
The commission is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides objective trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

U.S. State Department
The lead foreign affairs agency of the U.S. government, alos offers services ranging from helping Americans abroad to assisting businesses in developing markets.

U.S. State Department, Country Reports On Economic Policy and Trade Practices

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and leading or directing negotiations with other countries on such matters. The USTR is a Cabinet member who acts as a principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson for the President on trade and related investment issues.

Federal Election Commission
The Commission administaers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) which governs the financing of federal elections.

The White House

International Trade Organizations

Chilean-American Commerce Chamber

Iranian Trade Association

Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Council of the Americas

Media Sites

Congressional Quarterly

Business Week


Journal of Commerce

Roll Call

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Times

The Economist

ABC News

CBS News

NBC News

Multilateral Organizations

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Trade and Development Centre: A Joint Venture of the World Bank and the World Trade Organization

World Trade Organization

European Union

Think Tanks and Advocacy Organizations

American Entreprise Institute
AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom- government, private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense.

American Foreign Service Association
AFSA's principal missions are to enhance the effectiveness of the Foreign Service, to protect the professional interests of its members, to ensure the maintenance of high professional standards for both career diplomats and political appointees, and to promote understanding of the critical role of the Foreign Service in promoting America's national security and economic prosperity.

The Brookings Institution
Brookings seeks to improve the performance of American institutions, the effectiveness of government programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies.

The Carter Center
The center is dedicated to resolving conflicts, promoting democracy, and fighting disease, hunger, poverty and oppression.

Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies
The mission of the center is to increase public understanding of the benefits of free trade and the costs of protectionism.

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
The center covers international finance, U.S. domestic and economic policy, and U.S. foreign policy issues.

Citizens for a Sound Economy
The group advocates a strong free-market economic system as the solution to public policy problems.

Council on Foreign Relations
The Council was founded to keep the U.S. engaged in the world, because America's prosperity is firmly linked to that of the rest of the world.

Economic Strategy Institute
The institute promotes a new economic agenda to restore American economic leadership through trade and competitiveness

European-American Business Council
The Council provides actionable information and advocacy services on U.S. and EU government policies.

Federation of International Trade Associations
The Federations fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national organizations with an international mission.

National trade information program designed to help Americans better understand the benefits of international trade.

The Heritage Foundation
The mission of the foundation is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise and limited government, among other traditional American values.

Institute for International Economics
The institute studies and proposes solutions to international economic policy problems.

National Association of Manufacturers
NAM's mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers and improve living standards for working Americans by supporting policy conducive to U.S. economic growth.

National Foreign Trade Council
The Council promotes international trade in U.S. foreign and economic policy.

The Nixon Center
A public policy institution which analyzes the varied challenges to the U.S. in the post-Cold War era through the prism of national interest.

Organization for International Investment
A business association representing the U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-based companies.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The largest business federation representing over 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

Democratic Leadership Committee: Trade and Global Markets
Idea center and resource for trade and international economic issues.

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