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(Daily News)
February 13, 2008

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and the committee's ranking member today (Feb. 13) called on the Senate to agree to their proposal for a 2007 farm bill that would cover 10 years and cost $6.1 billion more than the budget baseline. That spending level is acceptable to the White House, they announced.


(Daily News)
January 30, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said yesterday (Jan. 29) that each of the pending free trade agreements which President Bush wants Congress to approve this year faces a particular problem, and expressed doubt whether any of them will pass in this Congress in that time frame.


(Daily News)
January 30, 2008

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) announced today (Jan. 30) that passage of a strong Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is his top trade priority, and that he will not consider other trade bills, including the pending free trade agreements, unless such a bill is passed. He said he would mark up a bill in the “coming weeks.”


(Daily News)
January 28, 2008

At the urging of Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), the Bush administration’s recently confirmed nominee for secretary of agriculture last week pledged to be a “good listener” when the U.S. sugar industry lays out its proposal developed with Mexican sugar producers for managing sweetener trade under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


(Daily News)
January 28, 2008

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) is trying to ensure a quick vote today (Jan. 28) on the nomination of former North Dakota governor Ed Schafer to be the next secretary of agriculture.


(Daily News)
January 28, 2008

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) last week announced that the Senate Finance Committee is exploring a new set of revenue measures to offset the cost of the 2007 farm bill that would be more acceptable to the administration than the current tax measures which have provoked a veto threat.


(Daily News)
January 22, 2008

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced on Jan. 22 that he wants to send a farm bill to the White House before the mid-February recess, which would allow Congress to make a second stab at writing a bill should the first one be vetoed by President Bush.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2007

The House today (Dec. 11) approved by voice vote a three-month extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, beyond its current Dec. 31 expiration date. The new expiration date is March 31, 2008, and House Democrats hope to pass an expanded version of the TAA program by that time.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2007

The House this afternoon (Dec. 11) approved by voice vote under suspension of the rules a bill that revokes the Bush administration's termination of duty-free access for Indian and Thai jewelry under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) on July 1, 2007. The bill also urges President Bush in non-binding resolution language to reconsider the termination of GSP benefits invoked that day for other products under certain conditions.


(Daily News)
December 05, 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has informally proposed an amendment agreement aimed at allowing the Senate to consider the 2007 farm bill that would allow Republicans to offer twice the number of amendments that Democrats could offer, according to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND).


(Daily News)
December 04, 2007

The Senate today approved the implementing legislation for the Peru Free Trade Agreement with 30 Democrats and all but one Republican voting in favor of the bill. Eighteen senators voted against the bill, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA).


(Daily News)
December 03, 2007

The Senate will vote on the Peru Free Trade Agreement at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 4, according to a floor statement by Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO).


(Daily News)
December 03, 2007

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today (Dec. 3) held out hope that he could reach an accommodation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the number and type of amendments that could be offered to the farm bill.


(Daily News)
December 03, 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today (Dec. 3) announced that the Senate plans to hold a vote on the Peru Free Trade Agreement tomorrow, but remains stalemated on the farm bill.


(Daily News)
November 26, 2007

Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) announced that he will retire from the Senate before the end of the year, at a press conference in Mississippi today (Nov. 26). Republican Gov. Haley Barbour will choose a replacement.


(Daily News)
November 16, 2007

The Senate this morning (Nov. 16) rejected a cloture vote on the farm bill by a vote of 55-42. The motion by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would have led to adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and a limit of remaining debate on this amendment to 30 hours.


(Daily News)
November 16, 2007

Following a failed Senate vote to limit debate on the farm bill, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) said today (Nov. 16) that he foresees additional cloture votes once the Senate returns in December that could pressure Republican members to change their position.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2007

Hopes for passing a Senate farm bill before the Thanksgiving recess seem increasingly dim as floor deliberations became increasingly partisan today (Nov. 14), and Republican senators blocked Democratic efforts to bring up amendments.


(Daily News)
November 13, 2007

Senate leaders of both parties this afternoon (Nov. 13) were trying to negotiate an agreement on the type and number of amendments that can be offered to the 2007 farm bill which has been stalled since it came to the Senate floor last week, according to congressional sources.


(Daily News)
November 08, 2007

The House vote on the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement today (Nov. 8) shows strong support from Democrats, but opponents are quick to point out that it failed to gain the support of the majority of the Democratic Caucus.


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