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Senators Urge Administration to Advance Pending FTAs, Separate TAA Bill

Friday, July 22, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

In a letter to President Barack Obama, 12 Senators urged the Administration to submit the pending Korea, Colombia and Panama trade agreements as soon as possible, with the understanding that they will support a separate Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that reflects the bipartisan reforms negotiated by U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the White House.

“In order to move this process forward, we commit to supporting cloture on the motion to proceed to such a TAA bill and cloture on the bill itself,” the letter stated. “We believe that the trade agreements and TAA should receive separate up and down votes on their merits. Therefore, we urge you to separate the pending trade agreements and TAA, and immediately submit the three agreements to Congress.”

To view the letter, go to http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=03078cc0-252b-480c-b90e-73e74546297c.

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