Fast-Track Trade Authority Extension

President Bush responded to questions in the White House driveway on the extension of fast-track trade authority and other matters. On… read more

President Bush responded to questions in the White House driveway on the extension of fast-track trade authority and other matters. On May 23, the House of Representatives voted down a resolution that would have prevented the automatic extension of fast-track trade authority for the president. Fast-track authority allows the president to submit trade legislation to Congress which must be voted upon within a certain period of time without congressional amendments to the legislation. The Bush administration claimed the authority was absolutely necessary for continuation of trade talks with other countries, while opponents of the measure expressed fear that Congress would have less control over the legislation it passes. Opponents of the proposed North American Free Trade agreement also opposed fast-track authority, on the grounds that such an agreement, which the Bush administration said would be nearly impossible to negotiate without fast-track trade authority, would lead to a loss of American jobs and exploitation of Mexican workers. The president lauded the House vote, and also discussed Secretary of State Baker’s trips to the Middle East and his illness. close

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Fast-Track Trade Authority Extension

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Program ID:
18100-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Remarks
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 23, 1991
Last Aired:
May 26, 1991

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  • May 23, 1991 | 10:55pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 24, 1991 | 6:15am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 26, 1991 | 8:45am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 26, 1991 | 12:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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