MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers have balked at a demand from the office of the U.S. trade representative to conduct secret talks over the impacts of a proposed international trade agreement.
An ad hoc group of House members was to have a telephone meeting with officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. But state Rep. Mike Yantachka says the trade representative's office said in an email the media should be barred from attending.
After reporters from The Associated Press and Vermont Public Radio arrived at the meeting, the legislators - Yantachka, Kathy Keenan and Jim McCullough - said they would not ask reporters to leave.
The session was tentatively rescheduled for Friday so the federal office can decide whether it still wants to have the conversation.
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