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Levin: No "Need to Act" on Fast Track

Trade Subcommittee Chair Sandy Levin is quoted by Reuters as saying:

"The problem (with the Doha round of world trade talks) is not the lack of trade promotion authority. The problem is the stalemate over agriculture and the lack of progress over other issues," Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat, told Reuters...

"I told Pascal Lamy he was wrong ... Trade promotion authority has nothing to do with the problems on agriculture, the lack of progress on non-tariff barriers, the lack of progress on services" and other issues, Levin said. "Right now, there's nothing that we need to act on for TPA," he said.

At the same time, according to the New York Times, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) "said he could imagine" giving Bush Fast Track authority for Doha. [NOTE: This was in the print version, and is longer on the website.]

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