House to move on trade extensions next week

The House needs to vote on the bill by next week in order to avoid having ATPA and TAA expire on Feb. 13. The House will pass the bill under a suspension of House rules, which would prevent amendments and allow the measure to be approved by the House in short order.

The fate of the extension bill is uncertain in the Senate. While the House and Senate agreed last year on an extension, some Republican senators have argued that they should block a TAA extension until the Obama administration agrees to finalize the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The White House has indicated it would not move on this agreement any time soon, and instead wants to focus on passing the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

—Updated at 3:43 p.m.

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