House aims to take up trade bill in September

Tuesday, 21 August 2012
The Hill

A leading business coalition expects the House to take up a bill that would extend normal trade ties to Russia shortly after returning from the summer break.

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) expects the House to hold a vote Sept. 12 on a bill that combines provisions providing permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia with human-rights legislation.

"If the House acts that early in September, there should be a good bit of momentum going forward in Senate," Bill Reinsch, NFTC's president told reporters Tuesday, on the eve of Russia joining the World Trade Organization.

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