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David Rivera, moving forward, vows to block trade bill

What stories? Looking to practice business as usual even as news reports continue to raise questions about his political future, Miami Republican Rep. David Rivera pledged today to "work to block passage of a trade agreement with South Korea if Colombia and Panama are not part of the same package.

"I made it clear to Assistant Secretary of State (Arturo) Valenzuela that there would be an effort to defeat the South Korea Free Trade Agreement if there was not similar progress on Colombia and Panama," Rivera said. "The Obama administration is calling for quick passage of the free trade agreement with South Korea while ignoring long-pending agreements with Colombia and Panama."

Republican senators are also threatening to block action on Obama administration appointees until the trade deals are done. The administration says its ready to move on South Korea, but needs more time for the other two.