Trade Bill Blocked Over Sleeping Bag Duties

Law360, New York (December 21, 2010, 2:28 PM EST) -- Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is blocking Senate consideration of a bill to extend key trade preference programs — including the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, the Generalized System of Preferences and the Andean Trade Preference Act — over concerns about duty-free treatment for sleeping bags from Bangladesh.

Sessions on Friday objected to a motion from Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to bring H.R. 6517, the Omnibus Trade Act, to the floor and pass it by unanimous consent. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on Dec. 14...
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