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Brewers urge Congress to extend "fast track." (congressional consideration of trade agreements)

Brewers urge Congress to extend "fast track"

America's brewers last week urged Congress to extend the "fast-track" authority for congressional consideration of trade agreements.

"America's brewers believe that without |fast-track' procedures, multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations would grind to a halt," explained James Sanders, Beer Institute president.

"Our members have much interest in and many concerns about various trade agreements under discussion," Sanders continued, "but we all concur that |fast-track' authority is necessary.

"Under the |fast-track' provisions, Congress can vote a trade agreement up or down as a package," Sanders said, "but may not amend individual pieces. Our members feel that is appropriate for agreements as complex as major trade packages."

Sanders also noted that the "fast-track" procedures have worked well over the years for consideration of complex trade agreements. The "fast-track" procedures were first included in trade legislation in 1974 and were subsequently renewed by Congress in 1979 and 1988.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 20, 1991
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