House approves rule for FTAs

The House Tuesday evening approved the rule governing debate on three free trade agreements (FTA), and a bill reauthorizing reducing import duties and a program aimed at helping workers who lose their jobs to trade.

The rule was approved in a 281-128 vote, with nearly 50 Democrats supporting it, and members of the House were expected to begin debating the trade deals as early as tonight. The House and Senate are both expected to approve FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea on Wednesday.

Also covered by the rule is a bill that would reauthorize the Generalized System of Preferences and Trade Adjustment Assistance.