This week, a new economic study shows that rising structural costs are squeezing the profits of five key U.S. industrial sectors. We’ll hear analysis from both the economist who authored that study and from the President of the Manufacturers Alliance. Then, among fast-rising structural costs are pension benefits. Though the Senate appeared poised to pass pension reform legislation before it recessed last week, that bill never made it to the floor. A pension expert will tell us what happened and where reform efforts from here. Later, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman went from here to Geneva this past week, hoping to break the log-jam that has developed around the difficult issue of agricultural subsidies as world trade organization negotiations sputter. A trade specialist provides details. And finally, since House GOP leadership has tentatively designated the week ahead as “lawsuit abuse week,” we’ll talk to a crusading tort reformer about the three legal reform bills on the agenda.
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