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September 16, 2008

Panamanian President Martín Torrijos is meeting this week with House and Senate members to attract more foreign investment and support for the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement, but said this does not include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


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September 10, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) said in a press conference today (Sept. 10) that he will not resign his post as committee chairman, something House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and the House Republican leaders demanded the previous day.


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September 09, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said today (Sept. 9) that Congress in its remaining three weeks must deal with a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, a Defense appropriations bill and a second economic stimulus bill.


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September 09, 2008

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) said today (Sept. 9) that he remains to be convinced that the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement meets all the requirements of the Hyde Act, which authorized its negotiation, and can be considered by Congress this month.


(Daily News)
August 29, 2008

House Democrats are likely to consider geographical balance, election vulnerability and support from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as they seek to fill the Ways and Means Committee vacancy left by the Aug. 20 death of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), sources said.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said today he fears that U.S. negotiators will agree to Doha round modalities deal for the sake of President Bush's legacy.


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July 15, 2008

House Ways & Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) said today (July 15) that it remains “possible” that the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA) will be approved by Congress prior to the November elections, but said it would need “one hell of a shot in the arm” to pass.


(Daily News)
July 08, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) oppose a lame-duck session of Congress this year and will look to finish all business before the November elections, Hoyer spokesperson Stacey Bernards said July 7.


(Daily News)
July 08, 2008

Finance Committee Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is targeting July 23 for the markup of compromise Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation even while he continues to negotiate the contents of that bill with Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), a Finance committee aide said today (July 8).


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June 24, 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Ralph Basham today (June 24) told the Senate Finance Committee CBP is shelving its proposal to eliminate the “first-sale rule” for customs valuation until at least January 2011, abiding by a sense of Congress provision in the newly enacted 2007 farm bill urging this delay.


(Daily News)
June 18, 2008

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a long-awaited finding with U.S.-European Union trade implications, has found that the Air Force improperly awarded a $35 billion contract for an aerial refueling tanker this year to Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Agency (EADS), the parent of Airbus.


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June 18, 2008

The Senate Finance Committee today (June 18) by voice vote approved Deanna Tanner Okun to be deputy U.S. trade representative, responsible for trade agreements with Asia such as the embattled U.S.-Korea free trade agreement.


(Daily News)
May 09, 2008

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer today (May 9) vowed that the administration will fight efforts to override the certain veto of the farm bill by President Bush and accused House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) of misreading White House intentions. Schafer singled out Goodlatte's comment yesterday that President Bush understands members have to vote on the farm bill in the interest of their districts.


(Daily News)
May 07, 2008

Principal farm bill negotiators have announced an agreement on a final 2007 farm bill that they hope will be approved by the majority of the conferees and then proceed to the House and Senate for a final vote.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2008

The House Ways and Means Committee staff is preparing a broad trade enforcement bill that is likely to include measures relevant for U.S.-China trade, but is unlikely to include a provision on China currency, according to Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY).


(Daily News)
May 06, 2008

The Bush administration is now fully engaged with Senate Finance committee staff in developing legislation to expand and extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program in the hope of reaching substantive agreement by the end of May, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2008

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), a supporter of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, today (May 6) criticized President Bush for his failure to negotiate with House Democrats on the extension of unemployment insurance the leadership is seeking because it could have provided members “cover” to vote for the FTA.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2008

A group of key House and Senate conferees on the farm bill today (May 6) kicked off closed-door negotiations that they hope will resolve all nine outstanding issues by the end of the day.


(Daily News)
May 02, 2008

A May 1 farm bill conference meeting made more progress toward a final bill by essentially resolving the objections raised by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and other members to the inclusion of an apparel trade preference program for Haiti.


(Daily News)
May 02, 2008

President Bush this week reiterated objections to the farm bill sugar provisions that would increase the target price, lock in the right of U.S. producers to supply 85 percent of the market and obligate the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy surplus sugar for use in ethanol production, according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN).


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