WASHINGTON -- Obstructionism sometimes makes for odd companions, and that was certainly the case when Congress set aside pleas from the Clinton Administration and failed to approve the world trade agreement.

In the Senate, approval was blocked by a Democrat, Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina, who was overcome by affection for the textile manufacturers in his state. In the House, chief GOP firebrand Newt Gingrich of Georgia tossed the trade bill onto the pile of Democratic initiatives that Republicans were gleefully incinerating.

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