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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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November 07, 2007

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced late tonight (Nov. 7) that the House will delay the vote on the implementing bill for the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement until tomorrow (Nov. 8).


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November 06, 2007

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today (Nov. 6) emphasized that product and food safety is a “very high priority” for the Democratic party and for this Congress, but said that it is not clear whether H.R. 4040, a bill sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) and subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL), can come up this year. He acknowledged that the bill will not be ready for House action before the Nov. 16 Thanksgiving recess.


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November 05, 2007

As the Senate today (Nov. 5) kicked off consideration of its version of the 2007 farm bill, Acting U.S. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner said President Bush's senior advisors will recommend a veto of that bill, citing objections on both the funding and the substance of the bill. The Bush Administration has already threatened a veto of the farm bill approved by the House last July.


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November 01, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel (D-NY) this week said a U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement makes economic sense, but carries a “heavy political weight” because of the country’s anti-union violence that must be resolved to ensure there are sufficient votes in Congress to pass the deal.


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October 31, 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) yesterday (Oct. 30) joined other House leaders on food and product safety issues in calling for the resignation of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairman Nancy Nord.


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October 30, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today (Oct. 30) that the Senate will take up the 2007 farm bill early next week, no later than Nov. 6.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2007

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds the “firm” expectation that the House of Representatives will only move conference reports and appropriations bills to the floor for final passage during the month of December, a Hoyer spokesperson said Oct. 26.


(Daily News)
October 25, 2007

The Senate Agriculture Committee today (Oct. 25) unanimously approved by voice vote without major amendments its version of the 2007 farm bill that had been worked out as a compromise between its chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and committee member Kent Conrad (D-ND).


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Oct. 23) said that the Bush Administration has “serious concerns” about the House Democrats' bill to expand and extend Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which the Ways and Means Committee plans to mark up tomorrow.


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said today (Oct. 23) that the full House could take up a bill to expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance program as early as next week, followed by the bill implementing the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.


(Daily News)
October 17, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) today (Oct. 17) said he plans to mark up a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill next week after exploring whether there can be a bipartisan approach with Republican members who have unveiled their own TAA proposal.


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