By  on January 4, 2011

WASHINGTON — A divided Congress begins a new two-year session on Wednesday and will immediately face pressure to consider a long-term extension of trade-preference programs, while a trade deal with South Korea will also likely figure prominently in early action.

Given the new pro-trade, business-friendly Republican regime in control of the House and a weakened Democratic caucus controlling the Senate, the session could produce more gridlock than new policy. But international trade is one of the few areas where the two parties could find common ground.

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