Lawmaker expects trade deals approved Wednesday

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Posted: Oct 12, 2011 11:29 AM
Lawmaker expects trade deals approved Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives was set on Wednesday to approve three long-delayed trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, a top Republican lawmaker said.

"We're going to win on all three of them today," House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said at a rally with other lawmakers and business groups.

Camp also said he expected the Republican-controlled House to approve a worker retraining program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), despite the opposition of many rank-and-file Republicans.

"In order to have the president's signature on the trade agreements, we need TAA to pass," Camp said.

The Senate also is expected on Wednesday to approve the three trade deals, which were all negotiated and signed during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush.

(Reporting by Doug Palmer; Editing by Bill Trott)