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Senate Leaders In Agreement On Trade Deal Votes

Published Thursday, August 4, 2011
by Felicia Sonmez and Zachary A. Goldfarb

Three long-delayed trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Columbia are moving closer to a vote after the Senate’s leaders announced that they had reached an agreement to bring the pacts up for consideration when Congress returns from recess in September.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also agreed to hold a vote on a program favored by Democrats, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides aid and retraining to workers who have lost their jobs because work was sent overseas.

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