WASHINGTON — The House is expected to approve the initial two trade agreements — with Chile and with Singapore — negotiated by the Bush administration under trade promotion authority.

Lawmakers scheduled debate on the bills for late Wednesday night and a vote could follow or occur today. This followed strong agreement on a procedural vote that virtually assured final passage and advancement of the trade package. The Senate is expected to consider the trade package as early as today or Friday. Under TPA, lawmakers can vote for or against a trade bill, but cannot make any changes.

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