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February 28, 2008

The Senate approved by unanimous consent today (Feb. 28) a 10-month extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).


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February 27, 2008

Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) yesterday (Feb. 26) stepped up their rhetoric against the North American Free Trade Agreement, to the point of threatening U.S. withdrawal from the deal if they were elected president.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2008

Key members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), yesterday (Feb. 26) agreed to proceed with developing a 2007 farm bill for 10 years that would cost $10 billion over the baseline set by the Congressional Budget Office, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2008

The House is proceeding to vote on a bill under suspension of rules today (Feb. 27) that will extend the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) by 10 months, even though as of this morning, it was unclear whether the Senate would pass the same bill, according to a House Democratic aide.


(Daily News)
February 26, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said today (Feb. 26) that a House vote on a bill extending the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) will take place Wednesday (Feb. 27). It had previously been scheduled for Feb. 26.


(Daily News)
February 26, 2008

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) told the National Potato Council in a closed-door session today (Feb. 26) that members of Congress are considering a farm bill that would be $10 billion over baseline and that this cost includes a permanent disaster relief program, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
February 19, 2008

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN) today (Feb. 19) said that members of the House and Senate are making progress toward their goal of finalizing a 2007 farm bill by trying to agree to the cost of such a measure. At the same time, he said there is “probably” a fifty-fifty chance at this point that a new bill can be developed by March 15, when the current farm bill expires.


(Daily News)
February 15, 2008

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak (D-MI) this week called for the resignation of four top officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach.


(Daily News)
February 14, 2008

The House Ways and Mean Committee today (Feb. 14) approved a 10-month extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), until Dec. 31 by a voice vote. The program, which is set to expire after Feb. 29, grants preferential tariffs to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.


(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).


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