U.S. Trade Promotion Authority Act (H.R. 3009)
Trade Promotion Authority (formerly known as "fast-track")
denies Congress the authority to amend trade agreements
negotiated by the executive branch.
On December 6, 2001, the House of Representatives voted on
the Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001, approving the bill by one
vote. On May 23, 2002 the Senate signed a version of trade promotion
authority that differs somewhat from the House version. The Senate version
retains some Congressional control, and includes more help for American
workers who lose their jobs to overseas competition.
On July 26, 2002, a Conference Committee agreed on compromise language -
H.R. 3009: The Trade Act of 2002. It was not published until the last
minute, and it passed the House by a narrow vote (215-212) at 3:30 am on
July 27. The Senate is expected to vote on it this week.
- NGO Websites
- Statements and press releases
- July 29, 2002. Paul Blustein for the Washington Post.
Bush wins battle for new power over trade.
- July 29, 2002. BBC News.
US Trade Bill Clears Key Vote.
- July 28, 2002. Knight-Ridder.
House vote gives Bush power on trade pacts.
- July 28, 2002. Mike Allen and Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post.
House Backs Trade Power for the President.
- July 28, 2002. Dawn.com.
US House passes trade bill.
- July 28, 2002. Caroline Overington for the Age.
Congress Clears the Way for Free Trade Negotiations.
- July 27, 2002. Patricia Wilson for Reuters.
Bush Marks House Victories, Urges Senate to Act.
- July 27, 2002. Jim Abrams for the Associated Press.
Bill could speed new trade.
- July 27, 2002. Dow Jones Newswire.
US House OKs Trade Promotion Bill In 215-212 Vote.
- July 27, 2002. Mike Allen and Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post.
What the President Would Get.
- May 24, 2002. Jim Abrams for the Associated Press.
Senate Passes BiPartisan Trade Bill.
- May 24, 2002. Blair Pethel for Bloomberg News.
U.S. Senate Fast-Track Vote Sets Up Showdown With House Leaders.
- May 24, 2002. BBC News.
US President to Get Trade Powers.
- May 10, 2002. Reuters.
Bush Welcomes Senate Deal on Trade Bill.
- May 9, 2002. Mark H. Anderson for the Dow Jones Newswire.
Senate, White House Negotiators Reach Deal on Trade Bill.
- December 7, 2001. Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post.
Trade Bill Passes House by One Vote.
- December 7, 2001. Reuters.
Democrat Blasts Textile Deal in House Trade Vote.
- December 6, 2001. Doug Palmer for Reuters.
Trade Bill Passes House in Victory for Bush.
- November 19, 2001. Gauri Kamath for the Economic Times.
US bill may deprive developing nations of cheap drugs.
- November 13, 2001. Richard Cowan for Reuters.
House Delays Trade Bill Vote: Fate Uncertain.
- November 9, 2001. Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post.
Slow Going for "Fast Track" Trade Bill.
- November 6, 2001. Jim Abrams for the Associated Press.
Trade Proposal Slow to Pick Up Votes.
- November 5, 2001. Doug Palmer for Reuters.
House Votes on Bush Trade Bill Within 2 Weeks.
- October 29, 2001. Doug Palmer for Reuters.
Businesses Launch Ad Blitz for Bush Trade Bill