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2005-07-15 13:14:23

By Patricia Wilson DALLAS, N.C. (Reuters) - President Bush tried to sell a controversial Central American free trade pact to reluctant fellow Republicans on Friday by calling it a sign of U.S. commitment to emerging democracies in the region. Solidly opposed by Democrats and unpopular among Republicans in states such as North Carolina where the textile industry has been hit hard by job losses, the Central American Free Trade Agreement would tear down trade barriers between the United...

2005-07-14 17:42:45

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers unveiled legislation on Thursday aimed at addressing China trade concerns that have complicated passage of a controversial free trade agreement with Central America. The bill, for the first time, would allow U.S. companies to seek duties against "subsidized" imports from China. It also would require the Treasury Department to fine-tune its definition of currency manipulation, essentially making it more difficult for the Bush...

2005-07-14 12:28:53

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will approve a trade agreement with Central America before the end of July, Republican leaders predicted on Thursday despite strong opposition from Democrats to the pact. "Two weeks from now we will have just voted, successfully I'm convinced, on the CAFTA trade agreement. That's going to take a lot of work over the next several weeks. But we'll do that before we leave here in July," House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, a...

2005-07-14 10:52:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will approve a trade agreement with Central America before the end of July, Republican leaders predicted on Thursday despite strong opposition from Democrats to the pact. "Two weeks from now we will have just voted, successfully I'm convinced, on the CAFTA trade agreement. That's going to take a lot of work over the next several weeks. But we'll do that before we leave here in July," House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, a Missouri...

2005-07-01 02:17:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A free trade agreement with CentralAmerica was headed toward a bruising battle next month in theU.S. House of Representatives after winning approval onThursday in the Ways and Means committee. The panel voted 24-11 in favor of the U.S.-Central AmericanFree Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, which would tear down tradebarriers between the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador,Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The committee tally could change because...

2005-07-01 03:41:09

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted 54-45 to approve acontroversial free trade agreement with Central America onThursday, setting the stage for a bruising final battle nextmonth in the U.S. House of Representatives . The vote was a victory for the Bush administration, whichfinished the pact months before last year's presidentialelection and has faced stiff opposition from labor, textile andsugar groups who fear it will cost jobs. "I appreciate the bipartisan support in...

2005-06-30 01:31:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A free trade agreement with CentralAmerica, fiercely opposed by U.S. sugar producers, won a voteof approval by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday afterthe Bush administration pledged to support more funding topromote workers' rights in the region. The action set the stage for expected approval ofU.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) by the fullSenate on Thursday or Friday. Senators voted 61-34 lateWednesday to begin up to 20 hours of debate on the...

2005-06-29 14:00:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee onWednesday voted to send the U.S. Central American Free TradeAgreement, or CAFTA, to the full Senate with a favorablerecommendation. The panel's voice vote set the stage for the full Senate topossibly take up the pact in coming days. The Ways and MeansCommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled tovote on the agreement on Thursday.

2005-06-28 20:59:16

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committeebegan debate on a controversial free trade agreement withCentral America on Tuesday but put off a vote for at least oneday, giving the White House and lawmakers more time to make adeal to reduce opposition from sugar-producing states. The delay increases the chance that neither the full Senatenor the House of Representatives will consider the U.S.-CentralAmerican Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, before lawmakers takea...

2005-06-28 00:41:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. sugar industry needs alonger-term solution to problems caused by a free tradeagreement with Central American than the Bush administrationhas proposed, Republican lawmakers said on Monday. "The administration made a very good offer. I do notdispute that," Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, toldreporters after a meeting between Republicans from sugar statessuch as Florida, Montana and Wyoming and top Bushadministration officials, including U.S. Agriculture...