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July 30, 2002

July 29, 2002

But a textile industry source said the dyeing and finishing language was meaningless because of the huge increases to the regional fabric caps. Apparel made from regional fabric does not have to be dyed and finished to receive duty-free access. “You can dye, print and finish under the caps, and the caps are so huge --

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The Senate in May approved its version of the trade bill --

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July 27, 2002

In the early morning of July 27, the House of Representatives passed by a three-vote margin a trade package that includes fast-track negotiating authority until 2007 unless Congress disapproves it two years earlier.

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July 26, 2002

In addition, the conference language makes it a principal negotiating objective for the president to preserve the U.S. ability to rigorously enforce its trade laws, instead of including that goal in the category of

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, asked whether there were sufficient House votes to pass the trade package tonight, said “We're working on it --

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As of 9:00pm July 26, the Ways and Means Committee had not yet filed the text of the trade conference report with the House Rules Committee as required before proceeding to a vote. Business lobbyists insisted late this evening that the vote would take place tonight either by midnight July 26 or in the early hours of July 27.

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July 24, 2002

He also noted the differences among the U.S. level of protection on agriculture and that of trading partners. “What we will be trying to do is to first focus on harmonization --

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House and Senate conferees will meet tonight (July 24) in an effort to reach an agreement on the fast- track trade package in time for votes on the conference report to be held before the House adjourns for its summer recess on Friday (July 26).

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July 23, 2002

July 22, 2002