By  on March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Wednesday that the Bush administration plans to send a free trade agreement with Colombia to Congress in early April with or without Democratic leaders' support.

The administration has spent several months courting lawmakers in an effort to garner enough support to get the Colombian free trade deal through Congress before the end of the year. But many Democrats have balked at taking up an election year trade deal that has generated strong opposition because of assassinations of trade unionists and kidnappings in Colombia.

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