Latest United States – Oman Free Trade Agreement Stories

2006-07-18 17:28:03

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional opponents of a free-trade pact with Oman raised concerns on Tuesday about provisions they said could jeopardize U.S. port security, but other lawmakers said they were misstating the facts. The exchange came as the House of Representatives was set to vote on Thursday on the agreement. The Senate approved the trade pact with the Gulf Arab state last month 60-34. Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who serves on the House...

2006-06-26 19:21:02

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill sent by President Bush to Congress on Monday enacting a free trade agreement with the Arab Gulf state of Oman triggered a rebuke from the top Senate Democrat, who said it omitted a provision barring goods made with forced labor. "This FTA (free trade agreement) enhances our bilateral relationship with a strategic friend and ally in the Middle East region," Bush said in a statement arguing it was strongly in the United States' national...

2006-05-18 17:13:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee gave preliminary approval on Thursday to a free trade agreement with Oman, as the Bush administration sought to quell concerns about other Arab free trade partners. The panel voted 19-0 in favor of a draft bill to implement the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement. The pact would eliminate duties on all industrial and consumer goods and most agricultural goods traded between the two countries once it goes into force. Remaining farm...

2006-05-08 15:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans announced plans on Monday to begin work on legislation to enact a free trade deal with Oman, despite Democratic demands that the Gulf kingdom first provide stronger assurances it will bring its labor laws in line with international standards. The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee will meet on Wednesday to consider the agreement, which is governed by a law barring changes in the pact once the Bush...

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