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October 18, 2001

In another change from the Thomas bill, he wants to require that the congressional trade committees

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October 17, 2001

Trade officials the Singapore meeting showed no progress toward agreement on a separate declaration regarding the Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs).

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October 16, 2001

Secretary of State Colin Powell has thrown his weight behind the current effort in Congress to grant fast-track trade negotiating authority to President Bush.

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October 15, 2001

The U.S. International Trade Commission will vote early next week on whether or not steel imports have caused injury to domestic producers of a wide range of steel products, ending the first phase of a section 201 investigation launched by the Bush Administration.

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October 12, 2001

_title: EU SAYS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT RAISED CHANGES TO WTO TAX RULES

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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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