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April 17, 2008

Deanna Tanner Okun, whose nomination to be deputy U.S. trade representative overseeing Asia has been bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee since December, faced tough questions from committee Democrats today (April 17).


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April 16, 2008

Following the House passage of a one-week extension of the 2002 farm bill until April 25, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner today (April 16) raised doubts that the White House would sign the extension.


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April 14, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said today (April 14) said that House Democrats stand ready to work with the Bush administration to bring the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to the floor, but stressed that both sides need to find a way to help the U.S. economy first.


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April 11, 2008

Efforts to develop a final version of the 2007 farm bill entered into a new phase this week as the House and Senate opened a formal conference and the House Republican leadership sent a signal to the White House that it will no longer back its hard line on funding offsets. The current farm bill extension expires on April 18.


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April 10, 2008

The House today (April 10) approved a rule change for the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement which would remove the obligation for the House to act in 60 days, primarily along party lines.


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April 09, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced this morning she will bring to the floor tomorrow (April 10) a bill to change the rules of the House for considering the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement in a way that will not force a House vote in the 60-day window prescribed in the fast-track law.


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April 07, 2008

President Bush today (April 7) signed a letter submitting to Congress the Colombia free trade agreement and called on Congress to approve the pact so he can sign it into law. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab later said Congress will “be able to receive it tomorrow” (April 8).


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April 05, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and five other members of the Bush cabinet told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an April 4 letter that the administration intends to submit the implementing bill to the U.S.-Colombia FTA without reaching an accommodation with the congressional leadership, according to informed sources.


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April 03, 2008

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said today (April 3) that members of the House Democratic leadership are actively exploring if and under what conditions


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April 03, 2008

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) warned the White House today (April 3) not to send the implementing bill for the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress without the consent of congressional Democrats because that would lead to the defeat of the agreement. Instead, the White House should work harder on a compromise Trade Adjustment Assistance bill that could clear the way for FTA passage.


(Daily News)
March 27, 2008

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) has placed a hold on the nomination of Deanna Tanner Okun to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative to press for a tougher implementation of the U.S.-Canada lumber deal aimed at restricting imports, according to sources.


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March 10, 2008

Standing with business and commodity groups, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters today (March 10) warned Congress against acting to stop the program by which the Department of Transportation (DOT) allows certain Mexican trucks to make international deliveries throughout the United States. She argued that ending the program would result in “very serious and very widespread” economic consequences if Mexico imposes retaliatory tariffs on “lots of good products that are going out of our country to Mexico.”


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March 04, 2008

The Senate is planning to proceed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission reform bill, voting on a number of pending amendments in the hope of completing it as early as Thursday (March 6), according to Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Ted Stevens (R-AK).


(Daily News)
March 04, 2008

The Senate this morning (March 4) decided by unanimous consent to consider S. 2663, a bill to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission by approving the motion to proceed. This avoids a debate on the motion to proceed, on which the Senate invoked cloture on March 3 by a vote of 86 to 1, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) dissenting.


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March 03, 2008

The Senate today (March 3) is scheduled to consider the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Reform Bill, S. 2663. The bill is up for consideration this afternoon after a compromise was reached between Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR), the bill’s sponsor, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK).


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February 28, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) yesterday (Feb. 27) said that neither the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or the U.S.-Colombia FTA will likely advance this year.


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February 28, 2008

The Senate approved by unanimous consent today (Feb. 28) a 10-month extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).


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February 27, 2008

Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) yesterday (Feb. 26) stepped up their rhetoric against the North American Free Trade Agreement, to the point of threatening U.S. withdrawal from the deal if they were elected president.


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February 27, 2008

Key members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), yesterday (Feb. 26) agreed to proceed with developing a 2007 farm bill for 10 years that would cost $10 billion over the baseline set by the Congressional Budget Office, according to informed sources.


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February 27, 2008

The House is proceeding to vote on a bill under suspension of rules today (Feb. 27) that will extend the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) by 10 months, even though as of this morning, it was unclear whether the Senate would pass the same bill, according to a House Democratic aide.


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