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(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.


(Daily News)
February 17, 2005

The Senate late last night (Feb. 16) confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick as the Deputy Secretary of State, and he is expected to leave his USTR slot very soon, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
February 07, 2005

The Bush Administration today (Feb. 7) unveiled a budget request for fiscal year 2006 that would slash subsidy payments to all farmers by 5 percent while reducing the limit on the total annual amount of subsidies a single farmer may receive to $250,000.


(Daily News)
December 23, 2004

Senate Republicans finalized their choices for committee assignments this week and named Saxby Chambliss (GA) as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.


(Daily News)
November 19, 2004

With the support of Haitian apparel manufacturers, House supporters of a bill to give Haiti more duty-free access for apparel today (Nov. 19) continued to push for getting it placed on the calendar of items that will be considered under suspension of House rules, but faced resistance from House leadership, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
October 12, 2004

The Senate this week adjourned without approving a bill that would suspend U.S. tariffs on a range of products and repeal the controversial 1916 Antidumping Act because of objections raised by Sens. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Herbert Kohl (D-WI), according to congressional and industry sources. Their opposition is based on a provision in the bill that would grant most-favored nation status to Laos, these sources said. Kohl and Feingold have long-argued that the communist government of Laos violates the human rights of the Hmong mountain tribe.


(Daily News)
October 09, 2004

The House late on October 8 took a step towards ending a long-running trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union and Japan by approving legislation repealing the 1916 Antidumping Act, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with a four year-old adverse World Trade Organization decision. However, the House approved measure is prospective in nature as it does not end existing court cases brought under the law, thus falling short of demands from the EU and Japan. Both have insisted that any repeal of the law must end all current court proceedings and prevent any future action.


(Daily News)
October 08, 2004

Efforts to pass the long-stalled miscellaneous tariff bill before Congress adjourns have been jeopardized over fights on whether to include provisions in the bill that would repeal a decades old antidumping law and provide additional preferential textile benefits to Mauritius, according to congressional sources.


(Daily News)
October 06, 2004

The House and Senate are poised to vote this week on final legislation repealing the foreign sales corporation after a conference committee today (Oct. 6) completed its work. The House could vote as early as tomorrow morning on the conference report, and the Senate could vote as early as tomorrow afternoon, according to sources.


(Daily News)
October 05, 2004

Senate and House conferees this morning (Oct. 5) will begin considering amendments to a chairman’s mark prepared by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) that would repeal the foreign sales corporation and its successor regime. At a walk-through of the mark last night, Democrats complained that Thomas’ mark did not include language allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes, even though the mark still provides a federal buyout of production quotas from tobacco farmers.


(Daily News)
October 05, 2004

Senate and House Republican leaders appear likely to push for votes by the end of this week on a conference report repealing the foreign sales corporation (FSC) tax system that does not include two provisions that had been key to garnering Democratic votes in the Senate.


(Daily News)
July 15, 2004

The House of Representatives yesterday (July 14) easily approved legislation implementing the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement in a 314-109 vote, with 116 Democrats joining 198 Republicans in backing the implementing bill. However, the legislation was passed amid fears that pharmaceutical provisions in the agreement could be included in future trade accords that would effectively choke-off the ability of Congress to pass legislation allowing for the re-importation of discount pharmaceuticals from developed countries.


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