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(Daily News)
May 10, 2006

The European Commission will move to stave off sanctions on U.S. exports due to go into effect on May 16 once the House and Senate have approved a tax bill that will repeal certain tax benefits which the World Trade Organization has ruled to be prohibited export subsidies. Both the House and Senate are hoping to approve the tax bill this week, with the House scheduled for a vote today (May 10).


(Daily News)
May 08, 2006

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on President Bush’s nomination of Susan Schwab to succeed U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, but a Senate aide said it is unclear whether this would allow the full Senate to confirm Schwab before the Memorial Day recess, which begins on May 26.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) said today that Peru needs to lift its sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to exports of U.S. beef and poultry as it has committed to do in a side letter to a free trade agreement with the United States before the deal can be signed.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) today (April 3) called on the Bush Administration to acknowledge that the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations is completely stalled over European intransigence, and refocus its energies on completing negotiations for free trade agreements already launched before fast-track negotiating authority expires in July 2007.


(Daily News)
January 25, 2006

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Max Baucus (D-MT) today said the Bush Administration has informed him that it will launch negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement with Korea. He said he expected the Bush Administration to make an announcement “soon,” possibly around the time of the State of the Union scheduled for Jan. 31.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will likely announce today (Dec. 30) that it is unable to meet its target date of Jan. 1, 2006 for implementing a free trade agreement with any of the six Central American countries that signed it, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
December 21, 2005

The Senate today (Dec. 21) approved the conference report to the budget reconciliation bill, which contained language that effectively repeals the so-called Byrd law after Oct. 1, 2007. The bill, S. 1932, was approved in a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote.


(Daily News)
December 20, 2005

The Senate is expected to hold a vote tomorrow (Dec. 21) on the Budget Reconciliation Act, S. 1932, which contains language that would repeal the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) but would also allow U.S. companies to continue receiving collected antidumping and countervailing duties on goods subject to trade remedy orders that enter the U.S. before Oct. 1, 2007.


(Daily News)
December 19, 2005

House and Senate conferees to the Budget Reconciliation Act, S. 1932, agreed over the weekend to language that would repeal the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, or Byrd Law, but would also continue to allow CDSOA payments on all goods that enter the U.S. through October 1, 2007.


(Daily News)
December 14, 2005

The Senate is expected on Dec. 15 to easily pass a motion to instruct senators not to support language in the House version of the Budget Reconciliation Act, S. 1932, that would repeal the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), also known as the Byrd law.


(Daily News)
August 05, 2005

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week said that the production of ethanol from sugar may be possible in “a few years” when there is not enough corn to use as an ethanol feed stock to the point of driving up the price of corn as animal feed. At that point, other products, including sugar, may be used for ethanol production, he said in an Aug. 2 press conference with Iowa farm broadcasters.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2005

The House late last night approved the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement by a vote of 217-215 with the support of 15 Democrats. The deciding vote was cast by Rep. Robyn Hayes (R-NC) who switched from no to yes.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2005

The House at 6:20pm local Washington time began a one-hour debate on the rule for a bill implementing a free trade agreement between the United States and Central American countries. A vote on the rule is expected shortly before 8 pm, and the two-hour debate on the CAFTA implementing bill is expected to start at around 9pm.


(Daily News)
July 20, 2005

Republican House leaders have tentatively scheduled a vote on a free trade agreement with the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries for Wednesday, July 27, according to informed sources. It would be preceded by a vote on a China trade bill introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA), which would be considered under the suspension of House rules.


(Daily News)
July 13, 2005

Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today told a business group that the House leadership will soon set a date certain for a House floor vote in July on the free trade agreement the United States has negotiated with the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries, according to private-sector sources. These sources said they expected the announcement early next week.


(Daily News)
June 30, 2005

The Senate on June 29 began debate on a free trade agreement with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA), the same day the Finance Committee approved the final implementing bill by a voice vote and the Bush Administration offered assurances to curtail sugar imports if the U.S. market cannot absorb them.


(Daily News)
June 28, 2005

Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) today (June 28) said he is prepared to vote against legislation implementing a free-trade agreement the Bush Administration has negotiated with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in the Finance Committee tomorrow absent a satisfactory deal to address problems identified by the sugar industry.


(Daily News)
June 24, 2005

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today (June 24) said he is optimistic that Congress will approve a free-trade agreement the administration has negotiated with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic because of an offer he has floated for managing sugar imports from the deal.


(Daily News)
June 22, 2005

The White House is poised to send to Congress this week final legislation implementing a free trade agreement with the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries, setting the stage for action in the House Ways & Means Committee as early as next Monday, according to informed sources. This could open the door to a House floor vote next Thursday, which the House leadership is strongly favoring, they said.


(Daily News)
May 11, 2005

The House Ways and Means Committee will name Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY) as a replacement for newly appointed U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman on the trade subcommittee. The announcement will be made prior to the May 12 hearing on Social Security, according to House Republican aides.


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