In the News: Colombia Trade Pact Sent to Congress

President Bush has sent a proposed free-trade agreement with Colombia to Congress despite long odds for approval. Democratic critics say the accord does not do enough to protect workers in both the United States and Colombia from foreign competition. The Bush administration contends the measure would benefit Americans by opening a large market to U.S. goods and would reward Colombia – an ally that is striving to end its narcotics trade and overcome political instability – by allowing its products to enter the United States duty-free. In a related development, Mark Penn, the chief campaign strategist to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., resigned amid revelations his public relations firm is working to secure approval for the measure, which Clinton opposes.

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