WASHINGTON (B)--A senior majority aide to the Senate Finance Committee said Feb. 5 that the Senate probably would need "at least three weeks" to debate permanent normal trade relations with China.

Speaking during the National Cotton Council's annual meeting, the aide, Grant Aldonis, said the three weeks the Senate spent last fall debating the Africa-Caribbean Basin Initiative bill was "a good guide" to the time the Senate would spend debating China's admission to the WTO.

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