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Obama Sends Trade Agreements to Congress, Ending Four-Year Wait

Published Tuesday, October 4, 2011
by Eric Martin

President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a wait for business supporters that spanned more than four years and two presidencies.

Packed into 18 boxes and piled into a sport-utility vehicle, the bills were driven from the White House to the Capitol yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner pledged to debate them in tandem with benefits for workers who lose jobs to foreign competition. The pacts, reached under President George W. Bush, had been stymied by a stalemate with Republicans over the aid, called Trade Adjustment Assistance.

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