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A January 26 Law360 article quoted Venable partner Rob Smith regarding President Obama’s comments on trade during his State of the Union speech. Smith noted that trade could be an area of focus over the next few months, as Obama and the new Congress learn about each other’s negotiating tactics.

Smith said, “Until the president and administration really come to the table on spending cuts, there aren't going to be many other policy matters that they can get agreements with Republicans on. On the business side, the administration needs to look for things that don't have a cost — trade is one of those things.”