Treaty's glitch may be fading

Remember the Gulf of Mexico transboundary treaty glitch that was the subject of Watching Government's Oct. 14 column? There are growing indications now that it might not be a problem after all. Back then, it looked as if a US Senate-House conference would be necessary for the 2012 treaty between Mexico and the US to be congressionally ratified in time for it to be implemented. A bill approving the treaty passed by the House included a provision that waived a Dodd-Frank law requirement that US companies disclose payments to foreign governments. The version the Senate approved had no such provision, making a conference likely and possibly jeopardizing the treaty's timely ratification. But a...

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