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(Daily News)
September 29, 2006

Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) said this week that he intends to place a hold on a nominee for the Export-Import Bank’s board of directors unless the Bush Administration puts forward a nominee to become the Bank’s first Inspector General.


(Daily News)
September 26, 2006

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today (Sept. 26) said trade issues will be a large part of the post-election congressional session which is expected to begin the week of Nov. 13.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2006

House leadership has pulled a bill extending U.S. trade preferences for certain countries from the Sept. 26 suspension calendar because of opposition from members with textile constituencies, according to congressional sources.


(Daily News)
September 19, 2006

The Senate today (Sept. 19) passed the implementing bill for the U.S.-Oman free trade agreement by a vote of 63 to 31, which is a margin of three more votes compared to the initial Senate approval. On June 29, the Senate passed the same legislation by a vote of 60 to 34.


(Daily News)
September 08, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) told reporters on Sept. 7 that the House could still vote this year on a trade package that would contain an extension of programs that would otherwise expire in the near future. He said that such a package could contain an extension of the Generalized System of Preferences, but not of fast-track negotiating authority.


(Daily News)
September 05, 2006

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today (Sept. 5) signaled a House vote on a bill granting Vietnam permanent most-favored nation trade status is likely to take place after the Nov. 7 mid-term election. He said this would still leave a sliver of time to pass the legislation before President Bush visits Vietnam in mid-November.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2006

To secure votes for the U.S.-Oman free trade agreement last week, House GOP leaders promised a group of Republican members from textile states they would move legislation this week that would implement certain rules of origin changes for apparel imported under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).


(Daily News)
July 25, 2006

Three House committees have reached a compromise on legislation reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which Senate aides and business sources said would allow the House to move forward with a vote tomorrow (July 26). These sources said the CFIUS bill would be considered under a rule that would not allow it to be amended.


(Daily News)
July 17, 2006

The House of Representatives will vote on legislation implementing the Oman Free Trade Agreement on Thursday (July 20), an aide to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) said today (July 17).


(Daily News)
July 11, 2006

Oman’s government issued a royal decree on July 7 that a U.S. trade official described as significantly reforming that country’s labor laws, which have been criticized as too weak by House Democrats in advance of a floor vote on the U.S.-Oman FTA that is expected this month. The U.S. trade official said the royal decree shows Oman is serious about protecting labor rights and predicted the FTA would be approved by a “strong vote” in the House.


(Daily News)
June 26, 2006

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to consider the final version of the bill implementing the Oman Free Trade Agreement Wednesday (June 28), provided the Bush Administration is sending it to Congress as expected today (June 26).


(Daily News)
June 23, 2006

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) today (June 23) said the House is likely to vote on legislation implementing the U.S.-Oman free trade agreement in July. But he said GOP leaders have yet to decide on the order for considering trade legislation with Peru and Vietnam.


(Daily News)
June 13, 2006

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today (June 13) predicted that House action on pending trade agreements is more likely in a lame duck session after the November election than before.


(Daily News)
June 05, 2006

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) signaled early this week that he is in no rush to lift a hold on Susan Schwab, President Bush's nominee for the position of U.S. Trade Representative, and Senate GOP leaders as a result are considering their options on how to move forward with her Senate confirmation.


(Daily News)
May 16, 2006

European Union member states ministers yesterday (May 15) approved a regulation that will suspend until May 29 sanctions on U.S. exports in a long-standing dispute over remaining tax breaks extended according to the foreign sales corporation law and the Extraterritorial Income Act, according to European Union sources.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2006

The European Commission will move to stave off sanctions on U.S. exports due to go into effect on May 16 once the House and Senate have approved a tax bill that will repeal certain tax benefits which the World Trade Organization has ruled to be prohibited export subsidies. Both the House and Senate are hoping to approve the tax bill this week, with the House scheduled for a vote today (May 10).


(Daily News)
May 08, 2006

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on President Bush’s nomination of Susan Schwab to succeed U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, but a Senate aide said it is unclear whether this would allow the full Senate to confirm Schwab before the Memorial Day recess, which begins on May 26.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) said today that Peru needs to lift its sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to exports of U.S. beef and poultry as it has committed to do in a side letter to a free trade agreement with the United States before the deal can be signed.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) today (April 3) called on the Bush Administration to acknowledge that the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations is completely stalled over European intransigence, and refocus its energies on completing negotiations for free trade agreements already launched before fast-track negotiating authority expires in July 2007.


(Daily News)
January 25, 2006

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Max Baucus (D-MT) today said the Bush Administration has informed him that it will launch negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement with Korea. He said he expected the Bush Administration to make an announcement “soon,” possibly around the time of the State of the Union scheduled for Jan. 31.


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