Obama budget seeks to boost trade enforcement

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By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new budget proposal will ask Congress to devote millions for a new trade enforcement center and more U.S. inspectors in China as the administration takes aim at unfair trade practices.

That's according to a senior administration official speaking anonymously ahead of Monday's release of Obama's 2013 budget request.

The official says the budget will call for plowing $26 million into a new Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, $13 million for Customs and Border Protection trade inspections and $10 million for the Food and Drug Administration, which will add 16 new officials in China.

It's all part of Obama's focus on manufacturing as he tries to win over voters and boost the economy in this election year.

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