Andean Trade Preference Act extension (2007)

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Background

Originally passed in 1991, the Andean Trade Preference Act offers certain trade benefits to Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru in order to help them develop their economy and fight drug production and trafficking. The act was extended and expanded in 2002 and in December 2006 was renewed again until June 30, 2007.[1]

Summary

H.R. 1830 extended the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.[2]

Bill passage

H.R. 1830 passed the House on June 27, 2007 by a vote of 365-59.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"In June the House passed, under suspension of the rules, H.R. 1830, the Andean Trade Preference Act Extension, 365-59. The Chamber strongly supported this legislation, which extends the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), previously set to expire on June 30, 2007, through the end of February 2008. Both the foreign policy and the economic policy interests of the United States benefi t from an extension of this act. For more than 15 years, the Andean Trade Preferences Act has surpassed expectations as a tool to generate trade, growth, and jobs in its benefi ciary countries. In Colombia and Peru alone, ATPA and the industries it supports have led directly to the creation of approximately 1.5 million jobs. H.R. 1830 passed the Senate under a unanimous consent agreement and was signed into law by the president on June 30. The Chamber will continue its efforts to garner approval for the trade promotion agreements with Panama and Colombia."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_house.htm)

The bill then passed the Senate by unanimous consent on June 28, 2007 and was signed into law on June 30, 2007.[3]

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See also

References

  1. Press release, "USTR Expresses Appreciation for Extension of ATPA Preferences", Office of the United States Trade Representative.
  2. THOMAS page on H.R. 1830.
  3. OpenCongress' info page on H.R. 1830.

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