BY CHRONICLE STAFF
Despite the indefinite postponement of a congressional vote, the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement may be approved as early as this year, leading experts say. "With a measure of good will among the House Leadership, the Bush White House, and the Colombian Government, I think there is still time to find sufficient common ground to approve the FTA by year’s end," says Peter Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue.
Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224 against 195 to suspend a vote on the Colombia FTA until the Speaker decides the time is right. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) introduced the measure to avoid a formal vote on the agreement. Prior to that vote, the U.S. Congress had been expected to vote on the Colombia FTA by July 7.
DEMOCRATIC VICTORY: BOOST TO FTA?
Despite the opposition to the
Keywords: American Association of Port Authorities, Business Roundtable, U.S. International Trade Commission