By  on July 10, 2007

WASHINGTON — Democrats are brandishing their power over the trade agenda on Capitol Hill this summer, replacing the Bush administration's pro-trade policy with one attuned to reining in China's currency and trade practices, and helping U.S. workers displaced by imports.

As the House and Senate return from a weeklong recess, Democratic leaders, no longer bound by the administration's authority to craft trade pacts without amendments from Congress, are likely to move ahead with legislation that could crack down on China's currency policies, reform trade-remedy laws and expand a program that helps workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.

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