Trade Promotion Authority (Fast-Track): Labor Issues (Including H.R. 3005 and H.R. 3009) [Updated June 17, 2002]   [open pdf - 136KB]

"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. A key issue in current efforts to reauthorize TPA is the extent to which Congress will allow labor and environment provisions in new trade agreements considered under fast-track procedures. This report traces the congressional TPA-labor 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), H.R. 3019 (Rangel/Levin), the 'Comprehensive Trade Negotiating Authority Act of 2001', and H.R. 3009, the Senate-passed bill which includes TPA."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31178
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United States Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/
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