Senators finalizing fast-track agreement
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WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 - Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are preparing to roll out Trade Promotion Authority legislation that the panel will vote on next week.
The committee plans to meet Thursday afternoon to review the fast-track bill and then vote on the legislation next Thursday.
Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the TPA bill would move in tandem with a renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs that help workers and businesses harmed by imports.
Hatch opened a trade hearing Thursday morning by announcing that a final deal on the two issues was “very close.”
The TAA legislation, which the committee's ranking Democrat, Ron Wyden, has been negotiating separately with House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is “necessary to maintain Democratic support for TPA,” said Hatch.
Wyden said the TPA legislation would require details of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership to be published before it is signed. “The public has a right to know from this point on what's at stake in trade.”