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October 02, 2001

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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