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US lawmaker eyes early 2011 votes to pass trade bills that include Panama

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Republicans in the US House of Representatives want to work with President Barack Obama to pass long-delayed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in the first six months of 2011, a US lawmaker said.

"There's a lot of discussions due obviously with the White House and the Senate as well, but that is our goal," said Representative Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican.

Approval of the trade deals would show the shift in power brought by last month's elections that gave Republicans more power in the Congress.

Original source: Reuters