According to Congressional Quarterly, the House voted on April 10, 2008 (224-195) to delay indefinitely its consideration of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA). The House’s delay in acting on the Colombia TPA is inconsistent with the rules for Trade Promotion Authority, often referred to as “fast-track.” Fast-track authority requires that Congress provide a “yes” or “no” vote within 90 days of receiving implementing legislation from the President. Although this rule change does not necessarily signify a rejection of the agreement, the House’s action will certainly delay the vote beyond the 90-day period.
Source: Customs and Trade Client Alert
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