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(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.


(Daily News)
July 14, 2004

The House today (July 14) passed the implementing bill for the U.S.-Australia free trade agreement, as widely expected. The bill passed by a 314-109 vote (aus-vote) after approximately two hours of debate.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2001

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) plans to hold a markup next week of a fast-track bill developed with three members of the Democratic caucus, amid protests from other Democrats such as Rep. Bob Matsui (D-CA).


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