December 5, 2007 |
Congress gave final approval to a free-trade pact with Peru on Tuesday, handing President Bush his first victory on trade since Democrats gained the majority a year ago. Although the Senate overwhelmingly approved the agreement, the White House faces tougher battles on the rest of its trade agenda heading into an election year in which globalization's effect on American jobs, the trade deficit and product safety are expected to be hot campaign issues.
November 9, 2007 |
In a rare victory for President Bush since Democrats took control of Congress, the House approved a free-trade agreement with Peru on Thursday in a vote that exposed a major rift within the Democratic ranks over the issue.
November 1, 2007 |
Ignoring a veto threat and stoking a fight over trade, the House on Wednesday approved an $8.6-billion expansion of a federal program that assists workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. The vote comes as the White House works to steer four trade deals through a less-friendly Democratic-controlled Congress amid U.S. job losses and other effects of globalization.
October 13, 2007 |
miami -- Amid signs that Americans are more skeptical about free trade, President Bush pressed Congress on Friday to act on four commercial pacts with other nations, contending that they would invigorate the U.S. economy and create jobs. The president said the deals with Peru, Panama, Colombia and South Korea also would encourage democratic progress in regions crucial to U.S. security. "It is the time to move forward with these pro-growth, pro-democracy agreements," Bush said.
May 23, 2007 |
A prominent politician closely allied with President Alvaro Uribe said his nation should pull out of a U.S.-financed effort to fight drug trafficking and terrorism if the American Congress does not pass a free-trade agreement with his country. Sen.
May 11, 2007 |
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), joined by congressional leaders and two Bush administration officials, announced a new bipartisan trade policy Thursday that will ease passage of pending trade agreements with Panama and Peru and could pave the way for renewal of the president's authority to "fast-track" trade agreements through Congress. "Today marks a new day in trade policy," Pelosi told a news conference, standing between Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and U.S.
April 3, 2007 |
The new U.S. free-trade pact with South Korea, hailed as the biggest such agreement since the countries of North America signed one in 1992, is likely to enhance Washington's regional clout and bolster sales of U.S.-produced cars, oranges and television programs. The accord, which calls for the immediate elimination of tariffs on more than $1 billion in U.S. farm exports, could boost two-way trade by $20 billion in coming years and open up one of Asia's largest markets further to U.S.
October 16, 2006 |
For more than a year, the Bangladeshi garment workers toiled as long as 16 hours a day at a factory in Jordan's free trade zone, sewing women's apparel for companies including J.C. Penney Co. and Target Corp. They received less than 50 cents an hour for working as many as 100 hours a week, labor activists said.
July 16, 2006 |
THE well-worn truism that you can't leave yourself behind wherever you go has an equally valid counterpart -- that travel can sometimes help you uncover a hidden, truer version of yourself. It certainly appears to work that way for the American protagonists of "Heading South (Vers le Sud)," a pointed new French film that pursues the ramifications of Western discontent and middle-aged female desire against the backdrop of 1970s Haiti.