Trade Promotion Authority (Fast-Track): Labor Issues (Including H.R. 3005 and H.R. 3019) [Updated January 18, 2002] [open pdf - 158KB]
"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 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 Waysand MeansCommittee 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, and by the Senate Finance Committee by a vote of 18-3 on December 12. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31178
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