WASHINGTON — President Bush signed legislation Tuesday that will give him long-sought trade promotion authority that’s expected to nudge pending bilateral trade pacts and open the door to regional and global trade negotiations.

"Since the authority lapsed in 1994, other nations and regions pursued trade agreements while America’s trade policy was stuck in park," Bush said before signing the Trade Bill of 2002 in the East Room of the White House. "Starting now, America is back at the bargaining table in full force."

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