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The Associated Press July 19, 2011, 4:58PM ET

AP sources: Trade deals could slip into September

The all-consuming negotiations on the nation's debt and deficit may not leave Congress time this summer to finalize a trio of free trade agreements backed by most lawmakers and the White House.

President Barack Obama has been urging Congress to pass the trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama as soon as possible.

Congress is set to begin its summer recess on Aug. 6. A congressional aide says the Obama administration might delay sending final legislation on the trade deals to Capitol Hill until September.

A second person familiar with the discussions also says the deals might be pushed back until September. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing discussions publicly.

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