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Republicans boycott US hearing on trade as parties split over support for deals

Friday, July 1, 2011

Senate Republicans boycotted a preliminary hearing on free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Instead, they staged a simultaneous press conference and brought the stop-and-go process to yet another halt.

Democratic senators filled half a hearing room to declare their support for trade deals opposed by much of their party’s political base.

Original source: New York Times