Bush moves forward on trade deal with Peru

US President George W. Bush notified Congress of his plan to sign a trade agreement with Peru, a pact the administration views as a step in advancing commerce within the Western Hemisphere. "The US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement will generate export opportunities for US farmers, ranchers and companies, help create jobs in the United States and help American consumers save money while offering them more choices," Bush said in a letter to Congress on Friday. "The agreement will also benefit the people of Peru by providing economic opportunity and by strengthening democracy," he said.