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Kirk Hopes For September Approval of Trade Deals

Published Tuesday, July 26, 2011
by Doug Palmer

Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Tuesday he was optimistic a deal could be struck with Republicans clearing the way for Congress to pass free trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama after lawmakers return in September from a month-long recess. 

President Barack Obama had hoped to win approval of the three agreements before the August break but Republicans balked at a White House plan to include an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for displaced U.S. workers in the implementing legislation for the South Korea pact.

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