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Letters to the 107th Congress

June 21, 2001

The Honorable Max Baucus
Chairman
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On behalf of the American Bar Association, I write to commend the committee for initiating this series of hearings on the proposed renewal of fast-track trade agreement implementing procedures and to request that this letter and attachment be included in the record.

The ABA has a long history of promoting the international rule of law and has been actively involved in international trade law issues, consistently expressing our support for continued progress toward a liberalized, rules-based trading system that has the potential to provide the basis for increased trade, sustainable development, and prosperity.

The ABA views fast-track as a necessary component of the United States' regime for international trade negotiation and policy development. The ABA supports the renewal of these procedures, as introduced in the Trade Act of 1974 and later extended. The official ABA resolution and report to that effect, adopted by our House of Delegates in 1997, is attached. While only the language of the resolution represents official ABA policy, the accompanying report explains why this procedural scheme has served America well in the past and represents a sensible means of cooperation and power-sharing between branches of government which share responsibility under the Constitution for foreign commerce and trade policy.

The ABA's Section of International Law and Practice is prepared to work with Congress, within the confines of our existing policy, to help get trade agreement implementing procedures renewed as soon as possible. Please contact me at the number above, or Kristi Gaines in the ABA's Governmental Affairs Office at 202-662-1763, if we may be of assistance in this effort.

Sincerely,

Robert E. Lutz, II
Chair-Elect
Section of International Law and Practice
American Bar Association

Enclosure

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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Governmental Affairs Office
740 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
ph: 202-662-1760
fx: 202-662-1762

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