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October 10, 2001

The House Ways & Means Committee has passed a fast-track bill developed by chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) with a handful of Democrats on a largely partisan vote of 26 to 13. The two Democrats who supported the bill at the Oct. 9 markup were the members involved in developing the measure, Reps. William Jefferson (LA) and John Tanner (TN).

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October 09, 2001

The Thomas bill is expected to pass out of committee with as few as two Democratic votes --

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October 05, 2001

In a surprise move, House Ways& Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) postponed a scheduled markup for a fast-track bill he has developed with a handful of Democrats and announced he plans a vote early next week.

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October 03, 2001

_title: RANGEL CALLS FOR FAST-TRACK MEETING OF BOTH PARTIES, ADMINISTRATION

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_title: RANGEL BACKS AWAY FROM CONGRESS-ADMINISTRATION FAST-TRACK MEETING

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_title: RANGEL SEES ADMINISTRATION BACKING THOMAS FAST-TRACK BILL

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October 02, 2001

_title: BUSH HIGHLIGHTS COOPERATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

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It is time for the Administration to step up its role after House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) released a draft outline for fast-track legislation, he told the Global Business Dialogue on Sept. 28. That proposal --

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The AFL-CIO, a number of its affiliates and major environmental groups have separately spoken out against efforts in Congress to push ahead with controversial legislation to extend fast-track authority to President Bush as the U.S. government attempts to respond to last month's terrorist attacks. The groups argue that moving forward on a fast-track proposal put forward last week by House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) would destroy the current bipartisan nature of congressional action focused on dealing with the economic and national security consequences of the attacks.

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September 28, 2001

U.S. trade officials have taken what could be a first step towards a free trade agreement with Central American countries. The effort appears linked to securing support from those countries for the launch of a new round of multilateral trade talks later this year.

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September 25, 2001

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) plans to hold a markup next week of a fast-track bill developed with three members of the Democratic caucus, amid protests from other Democrats such as Rep. Bob Matsui (D-CA).

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September 24, 2001

The House is scheduled to consider today (Sept. 24) a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running through Oct. 16 that has the effect of extending all existing programs at the same funding levels. This includes Trade Adjustment Assistance and the Export-Import Bank, both of which were set to expire on Sept. 30.

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The Senate on today (Sept. 24) approved legislation implementing a free-trade agreement with Jordan after Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) dropped his objections based on the inclusion of labor and environmental obligations in the FTA. Gramm had argued that the FTA would allow Jordan to challenge a U.S. decision to drill for oil in Alaska backed by trade sanctions.

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