Photo: U.S. House Approves Colombia, Panama, and S. Korea Trade Agreements
With the Senate expected to approve the trade deals with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, the House of Representatives has signed off on the deals.
Of the three deals, the between the U.S. and Colombia was the most controversial, as Panama and South Korea do not have a Colombia-like history of violence against union members.
The Colombia deal saw complaints from a number of Democrats who claimed the agreement failed to include enforceable labor rights.
After the House approval, the President released a statement.
The landmark trade agreements and assistance for American workers that passed tonight are a major win for American workers and businesses. I’ve fought to make sure that these trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama deliver the best possible deal for our country, and I’ve insisted that we do more to help American workers who have been affected by global competition. Tonight’s vote, with bipartisan support, will significantly boost exports that bear the proud label “Made in America,” support tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property. American automakers, farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, including many small businesses, will be able to compete and win in new markets. I look forward to signing these agreements, which will help achieve my goal of doubling American exports and keeping America competitive in the 21st century.
Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton released a statement sharing the President’s sentiments, adding, Our work is not yet done. We will not be content until these agreements are fully implemented so that American exporters can reap the benefits as soon as possible.”