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November 17, 2006 3:00 AM

Democrats to focus trade policy on U.S. jobs and workers

The American worker, not Corporate America, will be the central focus of U.S. trade policy as far as the new Democratic majority of Congress is concerned. Thats no surprise, but its a big shift. Since World War II, U.S. trade policy has sought to open markets to American exports through free-trade deals with countries large and small. Thats made less expensive electronics, apparel and other foreign-made goods increasingly available to U.S. consumers.

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