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Hatch: TPA delayed until April

Hatch: TPA delayed until April

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said today that legislation to grant trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama is not likely to emerge before April, Washington Trade Daily reported.

Hatch said he was still in negotiations with Senate Finance ranking member Ron Wyden, R-Ore., but that he believes that Wyden wants to make it too easy for Congress to revoke fast track, WTD added.

Hatch has declared that he won’t accept the proposals from Wyden, and that Obama needs to intervene so that Congress will come up with a workable trade promotion authority proposal, Inside U.S. Trade reported Friday.

“It’s up to the president to get off his duff and tell [Wyden] what he needs and go from there,” Hatch told Inside U.S. Trade.

“I mean, the president wants this bill. And it’s up to him to get some cooperation from Democrats. If I can’t do it, he’s got to do it.”

Inside U.S. Trade also reported that “sources said there are at least two major sticking points with respect to this resolution. One is whether it could directly proceed to the floor or could be stopped by the Senate leadership once passed out of the Finance Committee.”

“Another is whether the resolution would need a super-majority of 60 or 67 votes to pass, with Wyden supporting the former and Hatch the latter,” the publication added.

–The Hagstrom Report