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May 18, 2007

Bush in charge of coming up with legal language for Sr. Dems, which still doesn't exist

According to Inside U.S. Trade, no one - not even the Democrats that announced the deal - have seen the legal language, because it doesn't yet exist:

Hare and Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) said after the caucus meeting ... “We are still trying to figure out what the deal is.”

However, Levin said that all Democratic members have a copy of the “basic ingredients” of the deal, and that little additional information could be provided until the exact legal language of the deal has been worked out. USTR is now drafting that legal language.

Levin said he did not know how long it would take to work out that language. “There is a lot to be done before that happens,” he added. Levin also said a lot of work remains to be done on the FTAs before it is possible to set a timetable for congressional consideration.

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