WASHINGTON (May 25)—By a 237-197 vote, the House of Representatives approved a bill granting permanent normal trade relations with China. The bill ends a 20-year cycle of annual congressional votes on the issue, but also requires China to slash its tariffs, establishes a commission to monitor human rights in China and creates measures to help U.S. workers hurt by Chinese imports. The legislation is backed by the Clinton administration and U.S. industry groups, including the Rubber Manufacturers Association, but opposed by organized labor such as the United Steelworkers of America.
House approves China permanent trade bill
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