Topic: Business and Economic Policy

USTR Emails with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Office

October 15, 2020
Email communications from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in response to American Oversight's request for communications between top agency officials and representatives of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's senate or campaign staff.

USTR Email Communications with Kentucky Businesses

October 5, 2020
The Office of the United States Trade Representative produced emails in response to American Oversight's request for communications between top officials and Kentucky-based businesses.

News Roundup: White Nationalism, Voter Suppression, and Trump’s Taxes

October 1, 2020
We’ve known about the administration’s cozy relationship with white nationalists, and that fear-mongering over “voter fraud” was a deterrent to voting. But this week’s news still drove those points home.

No Records Response from DOL Regarding Communications with Industry Groups

September 29, 2020
The Department of Labor stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications with industry groups, some of which had lobbied against worker protections against coronavirus.

Records from Commerce Regarding Consultation with DOD on Steel Tariffs

September 28, 2020
Records from Department of Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for Commerce’s Office of the Secretary and the Department of Defense in particular an assistant secretary of defense on steel tariffs, referenced in a reported White House meeting on June 8, 2017. These records include documents about a consultation with Department of Defense on steel tariffs.

Commerce Records Regarding Specific Tariffs and Trade

September 28, 2020
Records from Department of Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for communications related to trade and exemptions concerning specific foreign countries.

No Records Response from Commerce Regarding Communications with Breitbart

September 28, 2020
The Department of Commerce stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for records reflecting communications with Breitbart.

New Congressional Report, Hearings Focus on Shortcomings in Fed’s Pandemic Response

September 25, 2020
Secretary Mnuchin and Fed Chair Powell testify before Congress, and the coronavirus subcommittee finds major problems with the Fed’s corporate bond purchases.

USPS Communications of Postmaster General Brennan Containing Key Terms

September 23, 2020
Records from the U.S. Postal Service in response to American Oversight's request for the communications of Postmaster General Megan Brennan containing key terms related to possible political interference. These records contain communications regarding agency loans, the USPS Board of Governors, and Covid-19.

This Week’s Covid-Related Congressional Hearings

September 22, 2020
Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill this week for hearings in the House and Senate.