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May 13, 2002

An amendment that would allow the Senate to remove changes to trade remedy laws from future trade agreements with as few as 41 votes could come to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow (May 13), Senate sources said.

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May 10, 2002

May 09, 2002

In an effort to break the continuing stalemate on the trade package, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and ranking member Charles Grassley (R-IA) have worked out a tentative agreement on trade adjustment assistance that could replace a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), according to Senate Finance Committee Democratic aides.

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A proposal discussed as a tentative deal on the Senate trade package has not come to fruition because of Sen. Phil Gramm's (R-TX) objections over the Trade Adjustment Assistance portion of the bill, according to a Senate aide.

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May 07, 2002

In the face of Republican filibusters, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) has threatened to pull a trade package that includes fast track from the Senate floor next week unless a substantive agreement is reached on its Trade Adjustment Assistance component. Republicans are engaging in a limited filibuster on the farm bill which will come to a vote on May 8, and have said they will not allow any business to take place in the Senate the next day, Daschle said in a May 7 press conference.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick today criticized a proposed Senate amendment to the pending trade package that would exclude from fast-track consideration provisions of trade agreements that would necessitate changes to U.S. trade remedy laws.

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May 03, 2002

President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) must work to rebuild a coalition of centrist senators to push through the trade bill, which is stalled over Republican opposition to Democratic efforts to push through their plan to expand benefits for workers displaced by trade, a lobbyist for a major corporation said.

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May 01, 2002

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will discuss bilateral trade issues at a lunch today (May 1), preceding by one day the short U.S.-EU summit where trade and economics will be part of a overall agenda dominated by security and foreign policy issues.

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The Senate voted 77-21 this morning (May 1) in favor of a motion to proceed to the Andean Trade Preferences Act, but did not move immediately toward consideration of a larger trade package, including fast-track negotiating authority and trade adjustment assistance.

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April 30, 2002

Senate Democratic leaders will move tomorrow morning (May 1) to introduce a trade package for consideration on the Senate floor including fast-track negotiating authority, renewal of trade preferences for Andean nations and Trade Adjustment Assistance, despite the continuing failure of Democrats and Republicans to agree on health care benefits for unemployed workers under an expanded TAA bill.

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April 29, 2002

One day after the Senate took the first step towards a trade bill vote, Republican and Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee today (April 26) failed to reach agreement on a trade adjustment assistance (TAA) bill that Democrats want to move together with a fast-track bill, according to informed sources.

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U.S. and European Union officials are to discuss trade and economic issues during a free-flowing lunch discussion held during the bilateral summit May 2 while security and foreign policy issues will be on the agenda for a one-hour formal meeting following a restricted session of top leaders in the Oval Office, according to European Commission officials.

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The Senate has successfully set the stage for substantive work this week on a pending trade bill by voting on April 29 to limit debate on whether the Senate should proceed to the Andean Trade Preferences Act.

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April 26, 2002

In his April 26 comments, Zoellick also called on Chamber members to work to defeat amendments to the trade bill, particularly an amendment to limit investor protections in future trade agreements by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) --

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World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore today (April 26) urged member countries to engage in substantive work on the Doha agenda of new negotiations and said that the road to next year's ministerial must be planned by July, which marks the summer break in Geneva.

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