Agriculture in the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) [Updated June 24, 2005] [open pdf - 123KB]
"President Bush on June 23, 2005, submitted to Congress a bill (H.R. 3045, S. 1307) to implement the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). This initiates a 90-day period during which each chamber will consider this measure on an up or down vote, with no amendments allowed. Of the agreement's agricultural provisions, the issue of increased access for sugar from the six countries allowed to enter the U.S. market appears to be pivotal as proponents and opponents seek to line up votes. Discussions between Administration officials and some Members of Congress continue on a possible deal to address the sugar production sector's concerns. Sugar producers have stated these talks have not resulted in a deal, and reiterated that their intent is to defeat the agreement."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32110
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