McConnell: No TPP Vote This Year; Companies Still Can’t Track Conflict Minerals

The U.S. Senate will not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year and the General Accounting Office found that most companies still can’t source their conflict minerals.

No TPP Vote This Year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be the next president’s problem, saying that the Senate will not vote on the treaty this year.

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McConnell’s comment comes despite an Obama administration push to at least attempt a TPP vote during congress’ lame-duck session after the November elections.

GAO Says Conflict Minerals Reporting Still Inaccurate

Less than half of all companies required to track down the source of key minerals potentially central to war-torn parts of Africa have been able to do so, according to a new government study.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on Tuesday that 67% of companies that rely on so-called “conflict minerals” to make products have been unable to determine whether their supply has come from parts of Africa where armed groups profit from their production.

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