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November 12, 1997


— U.S. Rep. Vince Snowbarger said Monday that he was "disappointed" no progress was made on President Clinton's so-called "fast track" trade bill.

But he wasn't disappointed enough to promise he would favor a revised bill if Clinton decided to bring the issue back to Congress

Snowbarger, R-Kan., was in Eudora with astronaut Mike Gernhardt, who was giving presentations at several area schools.

The Kansas congressman said he was concerned about the effects the fast track bill could have on the U.S. economy.

"It's an issue that has a number of problems," he said. "It's not susceptible to an easy yes or no."

How agriculture is treated under the fast track legislation also is of concern to Snowbarger.

Negotiations on the bill continued until early Monday, when Clinton reluctantly told House Republicans to drop efforts to pass the bill because he was unable to get enough Democratic votes for passage.

The "fast track" bill would allow Congress to approve or reject trade agreements negotiated by the president but not amend them. The White House wanted the power to move ahead on a proposed free-trade pact with Chile.

-- Dave Toplikar's phone message number is 832-7151. His e-mail address is

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