Easing economic pressure on Myanmar ignores serious human rights abuses in the country's extractive industries sector, an advocacy group said.
There's been enough political progress in Myanmar that an extension of economic sanctions won't be necessary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
The United States and Myanmar signed a trade and investment framework agreement, coinciding with the visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein.
Lawmakers in Myanmar voted Tuesday to extend a state of emergency over parts of the country gripped by fighting between Muslims and Buddhists.
After noting tension marked U.S.-Myanmar relations for years, President Obama Monday praised President Thein Sein's leadership and the country's progress.
The U.S. government has an obligation to put pressure on Myanmar President Thein Sein to address national security, Human Rights Watch said.
President Obama meets with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the White House Monday, the daily schedule indicates.
Tensions are rising in areas of Rakhine state where the Myanmar government is re-housing Muslims displaced after ethnic clashes with Buddhists last year.
Fighting and human rights abuses in Myanmar means the country continues to pose a threat to U.S. interests, U.S. President Barack Obama said.
A U.S. government commission recommended that Myanmar remains on a State Department blacklist of 15 governments responsible for "systematic" violations of freedom of religion.