Updated: The House Republican leadership has decided to delay from Tuesday (June 16) until July 30 the deadline for the House of Representatives to hold a second vote on renewing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, in a move apparently aimed at giving President Obama and supporters of his trade agenda in Congress more time to figure out how to advance a stalled trade package.
[Reposted from Inside US Trade | June 15, 2015]
The delay, which was announced at a Rules Committee meeting late Monday, will be included in a rule governing consideration of an intelligence authorization bill, according to a Rules Committee spokeswoman. The House is scheduled to begin considering that bill on Tuesday, and would have to approve the rule before doing so.
The extension creates more space for the Obama administration and congressional leaders to find a way to move forward on the trade package -- which includes renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as well as TAA -- following last Friday's failed vote on the worker retraining program. Both measures had to pass in order for the Senate-passed bill containing them, H.R. 1314, to be approved by the House and go to the president's desk.
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