Bush asks Congress to Reconsider Colombia Trade Deal

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White house (AP) President Bush is asking Congress to reconsider a decision to block a vote on a Colombia free trade agreement.

In his weekly radio address, the President called the decision a “serious error” and said most of Colombia’s tariffs on American goods would be eliminated immediately if the agreement was in place.

Bush sent the agreement to Capitol Hill this month, but the House decided to eliminate a rule forcing a vote on the deal within 60 legislative days. The House's decision probably kills consideration of the Colombia agreement this year.

Democrats have cited the continued violence against organized labor in Colombia and differences with the administration over how to extend a program that helps U.S. workers displaced by foreign competition.

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