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(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.


(Daily News)
June 20, 2007

The House Ways and Means Committee today (June 20) postponed a scheduled mark-up for a bill extending the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) because the House side has not yet been able to work out a compromise with the Senate.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Trade Subcommittee Chair Sander Levin (D-MI) late last night (June 18) said that the legal text for a new free trade agreement template has not been completed even though the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has made the text available to cleared industry and labor advisers.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2007

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) said yesterday (June 18) that a House farm bill will stay firmly within existing World Trade Organization limits on trade-distorting subsidies and will likely meet the even-smaller targets contained in the Bush Administration’s fall 2005 Doha round offer.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) said yesterday (June 18) that a fight over whether to extend duty-free access to four Andean countries may be resolved with a one-year extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) instead of the two years he has proposed.


(Daily News)
June 18, 2007

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on June 16 made available to cleared industry advisors the legal language for the bipartisan compromise on a free trade agreement template, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
June 13, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Member and New Democrat Coalition vice chair Joseph Crowley (D-NY) said yesterday (June 12) it is unlikely the House will vote on the Peru and Panama free trade agreements before the August recess. He said he based this assessment on signals from the House leadership.


(Daily News)
June 12, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (June 12) that the parties involved in drafting a new template for free trade agreements are “very close to getting the text done.” She implied that the issues remaining are technical legal issues when she said “you know how lawyers are.”


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