Trade Promotion Authority (Fast-Track): Labor Issues (Including H.R. 3005 and H.R. 3019) [Updated December 7, 2001] [open pdf - 150KB]
"Since trade promotion authority (TPA), formerly called 'fast-track negotiating authority' expired in 1994, Congress has been unable to agree on language for its reauthorization. Under TPA, Congress agrees to consider trade agreements which the President has negotiated, on a fast-track basis -- without amendment and with limited debate. TPA facilitates the adoption of trade agreements in that it arguably reassures negotiating partners that their carefully crafted concessions will not be changed when Congress votes on the implementing legislation for the agreement. Akey issue in current efforts to reauthorize TPA is the extent to which Congress will allow provisions relating to labor and the environment in new trade agreements considered under fast-track procedures. This report focuses on TPA labor issues. It traces the congressional debate since 1994 when the previous fast-track authority expired, and compares H.R. 3005 (Thomas), the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001, reported by the House Ways and Means Committee on October 16, 2001 (H.Rept. 107-249) and H.R. 3019 (Rangel/Levin), the Comprehensive Trade Negotiating Authority Act of 2001. H.R. 3005 was passed by the House on December 6, along party lines, by a vote of 215-214. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31178
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