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Senate May Vote on Trade Pacts Oct. 12 as Daley Urges Passage
Date: 10/6/2011
Written By: Bloomberg Businessweek, By Eric Martin

Excerpt: The U.S. Senate may vote on pending free-trade agreements as soon as Oct. 12, Majority Leader Harry Reid said after White House Chief of Staff William Daley urged lawmakers to finish work on the pacts next week…. President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation for the trade accords reached four years ago on Oct. 3 after House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he would consider the worker assistance in tandem with the trade deals. Action by both chambers would send the accords to Obama on the eve of a state visit by South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak. "We need to get all four elements of this package -- the three trade deals and TAA -- across the finish line next week," Daley told representatives of companies including Ford Motor Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at a fund-raising dinner for the National Foreign Trade Council's educational foundation.