Trade Tussle

It was all smiles at a White House signing ceremony for the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade on Dec. 8, but actually, Democrats are in deep discord over trade. Tempers exploded a few days earlier when House Democrats met with White House Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta. They griped that their free-trade support cost them votes. "I voted for NAFTA and GATT, but I'll be damned if I vote for another one of your trade agreements," vowed one congressman. That sentiment could block Chile's entry into NAFTA.

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