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Trade Offers Opportunity For Bipartisanship After US Election
Date: 10/29/2010
Written By: Dow Jones Newswires, By Tom Barkley

Excerpt: Trade isn't a popular election issue, but it is area where the Obama administration could find common ground with Republicans poised to gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Exports represent a way for the administration to create jobs on the cheap, especially with unemployment still stuck above 9.5% and little prospect of further government stimulus to support the lagging recovery. Republican lawmakers bent on slashing spending have taken a similar view, having long pressed for leftover free-trade deals from the Bush administration to be sent up to Congress for a vote… "Every time there's an election where things change, there's always speculation that bipartisanship is about to break out, and trade is always on the top of the list," said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents multinational corporations. "It's going to turn out to be harder than people are thinking."