Key Republican members of Congress on Tuesday (July 21) said plans to hold a formal conference to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the pending customs and enforcement bill have been delayed due to a snag in informal negotiations, but reiterated their aim wrap up the conference before the August recess.
[ July 21, 2015 | Inside U.S. Trade ]
However, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the Republican conference chair and one of the seven Senate conferees on the bill, H.R. 644, separately expressed doubts that the House would vote on the motion to go to conference before the recess, thus delaying action until the fall.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) each alluded to problems with the customs conference. In particular, McCarthy said he planned to have the House vote on the motion to go to conference last week, but added that, “There was one problem why we couldn't."
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