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October 17, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today (Oct. 17) that he has reached a “basic agreement” on the elements and the funding of a 2007 farm bill with key committee members, such as Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).


(Daily News)
October 15, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Democrats and Republicans will meet later this week to discuss a discussion draft presented late last week by Chair Charles Rangel (D-NY) on expanding the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, a House aide said today (Oct. 15).


(Daily News)
October 12, 2007

Members of the European Parliament late last week warned that a bill pending in Congress aimed at sanctioning foreign companies that invest in Iran's oil and gas sector will hurt U.S.-European Union relations because it interferes in EU affairs.


(Daily News)
October 12, 2007

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) plans to introduce a new trade preference bill as early as next week to permanently extend duty-free access for all products, including apparel products, to least-developed countries (LDCs) and developing beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, including South Africa and Mauritius, according to informed sources.


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October 03, 2007

The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled a markup of the 2007 farm bill for tomorrow (Oct. 4) at 5pm, following a Finance Committee markup of a package of agricultural tax measures and the creation of a supplemental agriculture disaster relief fund.


(Daily News)
October 03, 2007

Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) yesterday (Oct. 2) held open the possibility that his committee would mark up a new farm bill this week after the Finance Committee has completed its funding package for this measure.


(Daily News)
October 02, 2007

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) today (Oct. 2) announced he would mark up legislation this week to implement the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement.


(Daily News)
September 28, 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants the House to vote on an expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program and the implementing bill of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement by the end of October, her trade aide told business lobbyists today (Sept. 28).


(Daily News)
September 28, 2007

In an apparent effort to help promote his idea of a single food agency, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) today (Sept. 28) announced he wants to offer an amendment to the Senate farm bill that would terminate all 12 existing U.S. food agencies at the federal level in two years.


(Daily News)
September 28, 2007

House Agriculture Chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN) today (Sept. 28) said the Bush administration is pressuring the U.S. cotton industry to define how much of a cut in cotton subsidies it can accept in the Doha round agriculture negotiations, but that he has advised them not to offer such a proposal now.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) today (Sept. 25) cast doubt on whether Congress could consider the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement this fall.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) today (Sept. 25) signaled doubt that he can meet his goal of marking up a farm bill before the Colombus Day recess beginning on Oct. 5 because of funding difficulties.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2007

The House today (Sept. 25) approved a three-month extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program by a voice vote and under suspension of House rules, five days before the legislation was set to expire and one week after the Ways and Means Committee approved the extension bill.


(Daily News)
September 24, 2007

Reps. Phil Hare (D-IL) and Betty Sutton (D-OH) today (Sept. 24) announced they are actively working to generate opposition to the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement among freshmen Democrats. The draft implementing bill of the FTA is slated for mock markup in the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow (Sept. 25), days after it was approved by a strong vote in the Senate Finance Committee.


(Daily News)
September 18, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) said today (Sept. 18) he plans to mark up a farm bill before the Columbus Day recess on Oct. 5, and at the same time signaled that the current process may still lead to a long-term extension of the 2002 bill.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2007

The House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees are gearing up to consider the draft implementing bill of the U.S.-Peru FTA this month.


(Daily News)
September 11, 2007

The Senate Finance Committee will move ahead to considering the draft implementing bill of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement after holding a hearing today (Sept. 11) independent of the House Ways and Means Committee, according to an informed source.


(Daily News)
August 08, 2007

NAPA VALLEY, CA -- Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) this week predicted that the Senate will likely approve a version of the 2007 Farm Bill that is similar to the House bill approved last month, provided the Senate acts quickly enough. Otherwise, it is likely that the current farm bill will be simply extended, he said.


(Daily News)
August 01, 2007

At an Aug. 1 press conference unveiling a new enforcement bill, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said passage of this measure along with a bill expanding Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) would help ease congressional anxiety about approving pending free trade agreements.


(Daily News)
July 31, 2007

A final civil nuclear cooperation deal struck last week between the U.S. and India reflects two major Indian demands by creating a multinational strategic fuel reserve that would feed India’s reactors if there is a disruption of the U.S. supply and by giving India the right to reprocess spent fuel under certain conditions.


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