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Topic - Peter A. Defazio
A bipartisan bill to halt a proposed U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance facility in the United Arab Emirates is aimed at protecting domestic airlines from their foreign competitors.
Congress passed three free-trade agreements Wednesday night with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in what is the nation's biggest trade deal since NAFTA and the first for the Obama administration, with the promise of boosting the economy through the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.
"I'm not aware that Congress is doing anything," said Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat. "I don't think anybody wants to wade into it."
Mr. DeFazio added that "the greatest failing of this Congress was that the House ... enabled the White House, and the White House was not always right."