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US senate deal agree on ‘path forward’ for trade bills with Colombia and Panama. Extension on Trade Adjustment Program

Thursday, August 4, 2011

\ Senate leaders said they had agreed on a path toward passing legislation to help workers displaced by foreign trade and taking up three free trade agreements that have languished since they were signed during the George W. Bush administration.\ \ Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell issued a joint statement saying they had agreed on a 'path forward' to pass an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program when Congress reconvenes in September.\ \ President Barack Obama, while supporting the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, has insisted that congressional action on the agreements be linked to renewal of the program.\ \ Original source: Associated Press\ \ \ \