USA: Textiles Trade Deal Hangs In The Balance
Last month it was revealed that Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, and other textile state lawmakers were to be rewarded for a critical vote during last year's "trade promotion authority negotiations by a plan to reduce textile trade benefits for Caribbean and Central American countries.
However, the Senate passed a $31.5 billion counterterrorism spending bill earlier this month without the textile provision.
Key senators have objected to the textiles trade deal, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, urging Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, to oppose the textile provision in those negotiations.
The fate of the agreement will be decided in impending talks to decide a final counterterrorism bill.
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