Hatch Warns Obama Not To Hold Up FTAs For Aid Plan

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, urged the White House on Thursday to send three pending trade deals to legislators immediately, saying a multibillion-dollar worker assistance program the administration wants passed first will not make it through the current Congress.

Hatch said at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing that he was not opposed to helping U.S. workers. However, he criticized the administration's decision to hold up free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia until lawmakers renew the recently-expired trade adjustment assistance program, designed to help...
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