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(Daily News)
September 11, 2007

The Senate Finance Committee will move ahead to considering the draft implementing bill of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement after holding a hearing today (Sept. 11) independent of the House Ways and Means Committee, according to an informed source.


(Daily News)
August 08, 2007

NAPA VALLEY, CA -- Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) this week predicted that the Senate will likely approve a version of the 2007 Farm Bill that is similar to the House bill approved last month, provided the Senate acts quickly enough. Otherwise, it is likely that the current farm bill will be simply extended, he said.


(Daily News)
August 01, 2007

At an Aug. 1 press conference unveiling a new enforcement bill, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said passage of this measure along with a bill expanding Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) would help ease congressional anxiety about approving pending free trade agreements.


(Daily News)
July 31, 2007

A final civil nuclear cooperation deal struck last week between the U.S. and India reflects two major Indian demands by creating a multinational strategic fuel reserve that would feed India’s reactors if there is a disruption of the U.S. supply and by giving India the right to reprocess spent fuel under certain conditions.


(Daily News)
July 30, 2007

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) has dropped his plans to hold a hearing before the August recess on the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement after a July 27 meeting with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY), according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2007

The House this afternoon rejected by a vote of 144 to 282 an amendment sponsored by Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Steven Kirk (R-IL) that would have essentially extended the existing sugar program from the 2002 farm bill, according to a House source.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2007

The House approved the rule governing debate on the 2007 Farm Bill on Thursday night by a vote of 222 to 202, with six Democrats opposing and 196 Republicans opposing the rule. The vote allows the chamber to begin consideration of the bill.


(Daily News)
July 25, 2007

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) has stepped up the pressure on the Bush Administration over its commitments to consider a sock safeguard under the Central American Free Trade Agreement if circumstances warrant.


(Daily News)
July 20, 2007

The House Agriculture Committee has approved the 2007 farm bill that Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) said is “pretty close” to an extension of the subsidy provisions in existing law, but is taking a new direction in terms of limiting farm payments that can be paid an individual recipient.


(Daily News)
July 17, 2007

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn (D-SD) said today (July 17) that he plans to whip the Democratic votes for the Peru FTA should the House leadership endorse it. He said he would work with the New Democrats Coalition and business to ensure support for a trade bill that has been developed with the consent of the Caucus.


(Daily News)
July 16, 2007

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) has signaled that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to ensure a new farm bill can be portrayed as reforming the current system in an apparent effort to avoid a floor fight within the Democratic caucus.


(Daily News)
July 13, 2007

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) said today (July 13) that drawn out congressional deliberations for a new farm bill will lead to calls for an extension of the 2002 law, which would otherwise expire on Sept. 30. But he warned that extending the current law may not be easy as some observers assume.


(Daily News)
July 11, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) this week cast doubt on whether his committee would mark up a farm bill before the August recess and warned that he may not be able to advance more than a bill that essentially extends current farm programs because of a lack of additional funding.


(Daily News)
July 10, 2007

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) today (July 10) said House Democrats must provide more votes for pending free trade agreements than they did for the Central America Free Trade Agreement because Democrats are more strongly represented in the House now, and because they secured an agreement for changes to the pending FTAs in negotiations with the Bush Administration on May 10.


(Daily News)
June 29, 2007

The Senate today (June 29) by unanimous consent passed a bill to reform the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), with a manager’s amendment developed by Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) in consultation with the House side.


(Daily News)
June 29, 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today pledged that trade is among the issues on which she will not allow the Democratic Caucus to be divided.


(Daily News)
June 27, 2007

The House, late on June 27, passed a bill to extend the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) for eight months by a vote of 365-59, with 188 Democrats and 177 Republicans voting in favor. Among the opponents were 40 Democrats and 19 Republicans, with eight members not voting.


(Daily News)
June 26, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said today (June 26) that Peru must change its national laws to conform to the changes that it has made in its bilateral free trade agreement with the United States, before the House will consider the FTA.


(Daily News)
June 25, 2007

The House leadership is hoping to pass an extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) this week under suspension of House rules if the leaders of Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees can agree on the length of such an extension, according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


(Daily News)
June 22, 2007

A bill to reform the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) may come to the Senate floor next week to be considered by unanimous consent, according to informed sources. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) is working out a manager’s amendment to the bill that is expected to be part of the unanimous consent agreement, they said.


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