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Unformatted text preview: at he sends up," he said. Obama is pushing to get trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama ratified in a package before Congress enters summer recess on Aug. 5. Meanwhile, South Korea's ruling Grand National Party (GNP) is also seeking to pass the country's own bill on KORUS next month, while the main opposition Democratic Party demands more time for further discussions. Congress holds such mock markups under the Trade Promotion Authority Act, also known as "fast track" procedures, so that related committees can recommend to the administration the provisions that should be included in the final version of bills. But any agreed-upon amendments are nonbinding and may only be sent back to the White House for consideration. Eventually, the president will send a complete agreement to the Senate and the House of Representatives for an "up or down" vote. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 25 Mercury Politics Internal Link – Obama Political Capital Key to SKFTA Political capital is key to SKFTA passage [email protected], 11 (Wharton Business School, UPenn, 1-12-11, “U.S.-South Korea Trade Pact: A Turning Point for American Exports?,”, accessed 7-1-11] With Portman now in the Senate and other pro-trade Republicans in key positions -- such as new Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia -- it is tempting to believe that both the House and the Senate will quickly push through the Korea agreement and then move on to Colombia, Panama and other trade pacts. But everything hinges on the ability of the President to assert his leadership on the Korea deal. "The President has demonstrated leadership," says Dittrich, "and we have no reason to think that he won't continue to do so." The battle over the Korea agreement seems likely to pit Obama on one side -- along with pro-trade Republicans. On the other side will be antitrade Democrats and Tea Party Republicans. Many leaders of the business community fear that the Tea Party will undermine their efforts to promote pro-trade initiatives by shooting down this deal and others. "You can't assume, as in the past, that a Republican Congress is entirely pro-trade," says USCIB's Mulligan. "The Republicans have developed this populist tinge, and they are focusing on the China trade" as a key target. [NOTE – Dittrich = Charles Dittrich, vice president for regional trade initiatives at the Washington-based National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), Mulligan = Rob Mulligan, who heads the Washington office of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents U.S. companies at the International Chamber of Commerce.] Political maneuvering key to resolving SKFTA Washington Post 7/2/11 (Washington Post editorial, “As Washington dithers, Europe races ahead on trade”, Published: July 2,
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