The unusual agreement, which came after weeks of negotiations, would guarantee workers the right to organize, ban child labor and prohibit forced labor in trading-partner countries. It would also require trading partners to enforce environmental laws already on their books and comply with several international environmental agreements.
While the understanding was a victory for Democrats, it also represented a shrewd compromise by the White House. The agreement is the first major bipartisan economic deal to emerge since Democrats took control of Congress in January. It has immediate importance for four countries ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? Colombia, Panama, Peru and South Korea ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? that are seeking to enter into trade pacts with the United States.
But officials in Washington predicted that the agreementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s effect would go beyond those countries and could be a template for all trade deals, including a possible worldwide accord.
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