The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday swiftly approved by voice vote draft legislation implementing a free trade agreement with Peru.
At the “mock” markup, the panel considered no amendments to the measure, which includes provisions long sought by Democrats on labor and environmental standards.
NAM President John Engler issued a statement upon the committee action. Excerpt:
As Chairman Rangel points out, the committee has ‘an opportunity to break the polarization and go into a bipartisan agreement asking: “is this good for the United States of America?”’ All members of the House should embrace the overwhelmingly bipartisan nature of the committee’s vote. It reflects the importance of trade to America’s economy and reaffirms my belief that the May 10 agreement was a key factor in incorporating the concerns that some members of Congress have with regard to trade.
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