Automakers to pay $3 billion in new U.S. tariffs under USMCA: budget estimate

Reuters | December 19, 2019

Automakers to pay $3 billion in new U.S. tariffs under USMCA: budget estimate
U.S. President Donald Trump’s rewrite of North American trade rules will cost automakers nearly $3 billion more in tariffs over the next decade for cars and parts that will not meet higher regional content requirements over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. The projection was contained in the non-partisan budget referee agency’s cost estimate of implementing legislation for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which will be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Cyber security attacks targeting U.S. Federal Government data continue to grow in number and sophistication, creating substantial risks to critical government functions. Security incidents reported by government agencies grew by 10% from 2014 to 2015. Well-funded adversaries remain a major concern, and  with their knowledge and access to sensitive data  insider threats change the playing field.

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Cyber security attacks targeting U.S. Federal Government data continue to grow in number and sophistication, creating substantial risks to critical government functions. Security incidents reported by government agencies grew by 10% from 2014 to 2015. Well-funded adversaries remain a major concern, and  with their knowledge and access to sensitive data  insider threats change the playing field.

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