Wide Net Cast by Lobby for Colombia Trade Pact

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The debate has been brewing since the Bush admin finished negotiating the pact to ease trade restrictions with Columbia in late 2006. Human rights groups and labor leaders have urged Congress to put off considering the deal or to reject it outright, citing paramilitary violence against labor activists in Colombia. The behind-the-scenes dispute has now escalated to a classic Washington boil in recent weeks after Pre

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