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October 2011

October 17, 2011

LA Times

After years of partisan wrangling that has blocked Congress from taking major steps to boost the flagging economy, Republicans and Democrats finally found something they could agree on last week when they approved long-stalled free-trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia.

October 14, 2011

Associated Press

U.S. farmers on Thursday celebrated the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products, though American consumers shouldn't see a drastic increase in overall food prices. Congress approved the agreements Wednesday night, calling for the elimination of tariffs on U.S. products exported to those countries. Farm exports are expected to increase by $2.3 billion and 20,000 agriculture-related jobs are expected to be created under the agreements, which will gradually be phased in.

October 14, 2011

Delaware Online

Delaware poultry producers could have new markets for the dark meat Americans don't want, DuPont will save money on high tariffs and U.S. banks and financial services companies with operations in the state will catch a break on foreign regulations designed to keep their business out. Delaware businesses will see these benefits as a result of three trade deals Congress ratified with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, supporters say.

October 14, 2011

Register-Mail

Local and state officials declared the newly approved free trade agreements between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama a victory for the U.S. economy and agriculture industry, but also believed that the agreements will not immediately jolt the sluggish economic recovery.

October 12, 2011

Politico

Congress is set on Wednesday to pass three long-stalled free-trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea with bipartisan backing – marking a scarce moment of congressional unity over the creations of jobs.

October 12, 2011

Reuters

The Congress on Wednesday approved long-delayed trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that are expected to lift exports by about $13 billion a year and give U.S. employment a boost. Republicans and Democrats joined together in the House of Representatives and the Senate topass the pacts, which now go to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

October 12, 2011

Associated Press

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.

October 12, 2011

New York Times

Congress passed three long-awaited free trade agreements on Wednesday, ending a political standoff that has stretched across two presidencies. The move offered a rare moment of bipartisan accord at a time when Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided over the role that government ought to play in reviving the sputtering economy.

October 12, 2011

Politico

Congress on Wednesday approved three long-stalled free-trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Both the Senate and House sent the free-trade agreements to the White House with large bipartisan majorities — marking a rare moment of congressional agreement amid months of partisan bickering over jobs and the economy. Advocates say the deals will result in the export of billions of dollars of U.S. goods and boost hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

October 12, 2011

Central Valley Business Times

After years of debate and political maneuvering, Congress on Wednesday passed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Supporters say it could increase U.S. exports to those countries by $10 billion a year. Exports from the agreements will directly support 440,705 jobs in California alone, claims Central Valley Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto.

October 13, 2011

CBS News (Video)

The U.S. could have leveled the playing field years ago. But three trade bills with South Korea, Panama and Colombia sat boxed up -- until Wednesday night, when the House and Senate voted all of them into law.…The trade agreement with Colombia will boost U.S. grain exports and drop Colombian tariffs on heavy machinery that can add about $300,000 to the price of U.S. mining equipment there.

October 13, 2011

Huntsville Times

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said Congress' approval of free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama allows the state to move ahead in developing relationships with those nations that will lead to "substantial exports of Alabama agriculture products and the creation of thousands of good jobs."

October 13, 2011

News Fox Latino

Following the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Colombia and the United States, an already powerful bilateral relationship has just gotten stronger.  The South American nation’s foreign market will now be open to many different U.S. products and other types of business. On top of that, it’s estimated that there will now be an increase of U.S. exports of $1.1 billion and a growth of imports from Colombia of about $487 million.

October 13, 2011

Argus Leader

Rep. Kristi Noem on Thursday lauded the passage of three free-trade agreements this week, saying they represent a bipartisan accomplishment that will be good for South Dakota. The agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia originally were negotiated under the Bush administration, and President Obama supports them. Noem said the three agreements will boost agriculture exports from South Dakota.

October 13, 2011

Orlando Sentinel

Trade didn’t cause the Great Recession. (What did? You can start with disastrous monetary policies, reckless lending and the crash of the housing market.) But the United States desperately needs good jobs more than ever because of it. Increased trade is one good way of adding them that won’t add a dime to the deficit.

October 13, 2011

Radio Iowa

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the free trade agreements approved Wednesday with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea will help the U.S. economy. Grassley says the National Association of Manufacturers estimates the agreements will create 100,000 jobs, the president says it will create 255,000 jobs.

October 13, 2011

LJWorld

U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said Thursday in Lawrence that President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would give an economic boost to the state along with the free-trade agreements Congress passed Wednesday. “We think those really put us on the voyage to recovery so we’re really focused on that,” said Merrigan, who visited The Merc, 901 Iowa, to talk about local and regional food systems before heading to meetings in Manhattan.

October 13, 2011

MSNBC

We need to be far more aggressive in opening up markets for America's goods and services," Romney told the crowd - a goal he said he would achieve by pushing for more free trade agreements like those with South Korea, Panama and Colombia passed by congress this week. "Thank heavens," Romney said, that those agreements were passed after "languishing" for three years under President Obama.

October 13, 2011

KUAR FM 89.1

Arkansas exporters may soon see a boost after Congress approved free-trade agreements with three countries, South Korea, Panama and Columbia. With Democrats and Republicans able to agree on little, the pacts garnered a surprising amount of bipartisan support. Arkansas Republican Senator John Boozman voted for the deals, which are estimated to create 250,000 jobs.

October 13, 2011

Post Dispatch

Missouri's exports to the world declined by $530 million, due to recession and also because of what free trade proponents regard as America's failure to do all it can to promote global commerce. Passage in Congress Wednesday of so-called free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia can boost receipts from America's exported products and might be especially helpful in selling Missouri farm products, senators say.

October 13, 2011

Daily Caller

The folks at the the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) had reason to celebrate — hopefully with a swig of bourbon — Wednesday evening, following the passage of free trade agreements (FTA) with Panama, South Korea and Columbia. “Market opening agreements such as these are critical to improving our competitiveness in the global distilled spirits marketplace, and to growing jobs in the United States,” the liquor lobby’s president and CEO, Dr. Peter Cressy, said in a statement.

October 13, 2011

Reuters

Relieved after five years of waiting, Colombia celebrated U.S. approval of a free trade agreement the government said should boost the Andean nation's investment prospects, cut violence against union leaders and create jobs. The pact -- which was stuck in the U.S. Congress since 2006 before passage on Wednesday -- may help triple Colombian exports to the United States to $50 billion over five years and create 300,000 jobs, Trade Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados said.

October 12, 2011

Star-Telegram

Ending a long stalemate, Congress was expected to pass three new trade agreements Wednesday evening, signing off on deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in an attempt to increase U.S. exports and create more jobs. Among the potential winners: U.S. agricultural producers who grow cherries, potatoes and apples, big crops in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. Farmers expect sales to rise substantially when tariffs are lifted.

October 12, 2011

Roll Call

The Senate approved three free-trade agreements on a bipartisan vote tonight, sending the bills to President Barack Obama’s desk to become law. The trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia — which cleared the Senate on votes of 83-15, 77-22 and 66-33, respectively — had long been stalled because Obama had insisted that Congress take up a measure to provide expanded benefits to workers

October 12, 2011

The Ithaca Journal

The Senate ratified three trade agreements Wednesday night that supporters say will boost New York manufacturers, farmers and service industry firms…. Upon passage, EFCO Products of Poughkeepsie expects to ship more bakery mixes to Korea, while King Ferry Winery in the Finger Lakes is already exploring the possibility of starting to export.

October 12, 2011

Dow Jones

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked the U.S. government after lawmakers passed a free-trade agreement that had lingered in Washington for nearly five years. Santos, speaking shortly after Congress approved the agreement with Colombia as well as South Korea and Panama, said that the trade deal would create more than 250,000 jobs and would serve as engine of economic growth in this Andean nation. The trade deal would also represent a 6% increase to Colombian exports, Santos said. Investment from the U.S. in Colombia will also increase, the president added. "We can now give them a strong guarantee that the rules of the game won't change," Santos said. Santos, who took office in August last year, said that President Barack Obama and had fulfilled a pledge to have the trade deal approved. In his public address, Santos also thanked the administration of President George W. Bush, which completed the negotiations for the trade deal. "This agreement marks a new time in our relationship with the United States," Santos said speaking from the coastal city of Cartagena.

October 13, 2011

Politico

President Obama issued a statement Wednesday saluting the passage, by both the House and Senate, of trade agreements with North Korea, Colombia, and Panama, as well as a measure designed to help American workers who subsequently lose their jobs: "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."

October 9, 2011

New York Times

Trade is good for the economy and for employment. It opens new markets for businesses and allows access to cheaper, often better products from abroad. But it also has a dark side for workers displaced by foreign competition. So it is good to hear that Congressional Republicans and the White House have finally reached an agreement to pass both the long-delayed trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and an expanded package of benefits for displaced workers. We hope this rare moment of cooperation — and the deal — will hold.

October 11, 2011

Northwest Herald

America’s slow-growth economy can use all the help it canget. The president and Congress must lend a hand by creating conditions where businesses and agriculture can flourish. The approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama would do just that for American farmers and manufacturers…. The agreements have the goal of reducing or eliminating tariffs charged by South Korea, Colombia and Panama that increase the prices of U.S. products in those countries, making them less competitive compared with products from other nations that already have trade accords.

October 11, 2011

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

If, as expected, the deals go through this week, Florida will be one of the biggest winners. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the trade deals will expand U.S. exports by $12 billion. Florida, the nation's fourth-largest exporting state, will get a substantial share of that business and the estimated 70,000 jobs it will create nationwide. Florida citrus growers andcattle ranchers stand to benefit from the opening of new markets in South Korea. And many small businesses in the state hope to take advantage of theincreased trade, especially with Colombia.

October 4, 2011

Brownfield Ag News for America

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos says he’s pleased President Barak Obama kept his word to Colombia to move the pending Free Trade Agreement with his country forward. In a statement released Monday, Santos called it a “mountain goal” that they have been climbing for six years but adds that it is “not the final goal.” Ultimately, Santos says, the U.S. Congress needs to ratify the free trade agreement.

October 6, 2011

Southeast Farm Press

On Monday, the White House submitted a trio of Free Trade Agreements  (FTAs) to Congress for approval. In the works for years, the agreements — with Colombia, Panama and South Korea — have faced a bumpy ride on the way to ratification…. The FTAs “will support tens of thousands of jobs and add billions of dollars in economic activity to our economy,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a Tuesday morning press conference.

October 6, 2011

The Hill

Lawmakers could expedite three pending free trade-deals ahead of the Korean president's state visit next week.  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) announced Thursday that his panel will take up the trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Tuesday afternoon after lawmakers return from the Columbus Day holiday.

October 6, 2011

Reuters/New York Times

The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote next Wednesday on three long-delayed trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, congressional leaders said. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Thursday the Republican-led House will vote on the three deals on Wednesday and later Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democratic-led Senate will vote that day as well.

October 12, 2011

Embassy of Colombia

Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. Gabriel Silva today applauded Congressional approval of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and released the following statement. "Today's historic approval of the U.S.-Colombia FTA is the beginning of a new era in our bilateral relationship. The bipartisan votes cast today in the House and Senate signal a recognition of Colombia's tremendous progress and the reality of the 'New Colombia' — a nation with a progressive agenda to maximize social development, stimulate economic growth and lead on the world stage. Our two nations have long enjoyed an alliance based on our shared values, and we applaud President Obama, Congressional supporters and the business community for their critical role in making approval of the FTA possible. This agreement is a victory for the workers and farmers of both Colombia and the United States, as it will support and create jobs through increased exports, investment and economic growth. We look forward to working with the U.S. Government to achieve implementation of the FTA as soon as possible."

October 13, 2011

Wisconsin State Journal

Washington is finally working together to do something good for the economy. It's approving three long-stalled free trade deals that will boost exports and create jobs…. The deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama also should be a big win for Wisconsin farmers, service providers and innovators who will gain access to more customers.

October 12, 2011

Investor’s Business Daily

The biggest free-trade pacts since NAFTA were passed by the House Wednesday night, with the Senate likely to follow. As a result, America will reap 250,000 jobs and $13 billion in exports. Where are the celebrations? The strangest aspect of the passage of free trade treaties with Colombia, South Korea and Panama, with final votes taken after five long years, is the disconnect between the big economic gains expected for the U.S., and the reticence of congressional Democrats and the White House, both of which finally got something right on the economy.

October 12, 2011

Lincoln Journal Star

A day after voting against President Barack Obama's jobs package, Nebraska Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns pointed to three new trade agreements as job creation vehicles that don't increase federal spending. "With all the talk about the need to create jobs in our struggling national economy, in this one concrete way, by breaking down barriers, we're getting the job done," Nelson said during a Wednesday conference call from Washington.

October 12, 2011

Merced Sun-Star

Rep. Jeff Denham voted today in support of the long-delayed Columbia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements (FTA). These no-cost job-creating pacts will make it easier for American manufactures to sell their products abroad, in turn creating jobs California desperately needs. Exports from these agreements will directly support 440,705 jobs in California alone, his office said in a news release.

October 13, 2011

CNN International

Congress voted Wednesday on a bipartisan basis to pass free-trade bills with Colombia, Panama and South Korea….The White House, Republicans and big business groups have said the deals would create jobs in the United States. The deals could spur $13 billion annually in new exports and "support tens of thousands of jobs," a senior administration official has said.

October 13, 2011

Omaha World Herald

Nebraska and Iowa stand to sell more products — from turbines to toothbrushes — to customers in South Korea, Colombia and Panama after Congress on Wednesday approved trade agreements with those three countries. In rapid succession, the House and Senate passed the three tradepacts, which the Obama administration said could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs.

October 13, 2011

WPTV.com

The Riverfront Packing Company has been in Vero Beach since the early 1960s. "We primarily ship grapefruit internationally. That is 80 percent of our business," said Riverfront Packing Company President Dan Richey. News that Congress passed a free trade agreement with South Korea is something he says he can sink his teeth into. "It will definitely benefit the overall health of our business, and it will have a trickle-down effect on the local economy," added Richey.

October 13, 2011

Rapid City Journal

Three new free trade agreements approved by Congress Wednesday are expected to boost South Dakota's agricultural sector, though some worry they will have darker consequences. The agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will lower or eliminate tariffs on both sides, thus making American products cheaper in those countries - while making their products cheaper in the Untied States. "Ratification of trade agreements will mean new jobs and expanded markets for ag products and many other goods," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a vocal proponent of the trade agreements.

October 12, 2011

The ChamberPost

Blog Post By Tom Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Passing these trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama represents a victory for American workers, American competitiveness, and American leadership. It means we will immediately stop losing jobs to our competitors who have cut their own deals and we can start creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans.

October 12, 2011

Huffington Post

By Dina Siegel, Director of Latino & Latin American Institute, American Jewish Committee

President Obama has finally sent the pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea--three critical allies andtrading partners--to Congress for ratification. After a tortuous and protracted process of bringing these agreements before Congress, passage would constitute a welcome sign of bipartisan cooperation during a profound economic crisis,when we need to create jobs for millions of Americans.

October 13, 2011

Times Union

Letter to the Editor By Eric Ooms, A. Ooms & Sons Dairy Farm

As reported recently, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. These agreementswill provide for nearly $30 million over the life of the pacts, according to American Farm Bureau Federation estimates. As a dairy farmer, I support approval of these agreements and am glad to hear that Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, will vote to support them.

October 6, 2011

Bloomberg

Congress is prepared to vote in less than a week on free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that were reached more than four years ago. The Senate may act on Oct. 12, the eve of a state visit by South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a speech on the floor today.

October 17, 2011

Wall Street Journal

Yet Wednesday night, the GOP carried the three free-trade agreements through Congress that the President wanted and that will help growth, business expansion and hiring….Mr. Obama yesterday called the deals a "major win for American workers and businesses," and he's right about the economic benefits of expanding world-wide markets—especially the South Korea pact, which is the largest expansion of trade since Nafta in 1993.

October 19, 2011

Capital Press

Idaho officials predict three new free trade agreements will be a boon to Gem State agriculture. The trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama have been in the works for five years and are slated to be signed by President Barack Obama on Oct. 21.

October 23, 2011

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Agricultural economists say long-awaited approval of trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia will be a boon for producers, especially livestock farmers struggling to make a profit because of sky-high feed costs. Tariffs on agricultural products, along with scores of other American-made goods and services, will be reduced or eventually eliminated making them more affordable. That's good news for local farmers and Iowa's economy, which is driven by agriculture.

October 20, 2011

Politico

By Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative

The trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, along with the renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance reforms and key preference programs, took a long road to passage — some say too long. But in taking the time to get these initiatives right, the president cleared a path to stronger long-term trade policy. When the president signs these bills on Friday, the ceremony will signal more than the deals’ ratifications. It will validate this president’s approach to trade: more responsible and more responsive to Americans’ concerns.

October 20, 2011

Politico

By Terry McGraw, Chairman, President and CEO, The McGraw-Hill Cos.

President Barack Obama, by signing trade agreements Friday with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, is demonstrating that Washington is finally taking action to expand free trade and bolster U.S. jobs. Now that this logjam has been broken, we must do more to open new markets. All three agreements — which were negotiated under President George W. Bush — will be job creators, potentially boosting U.S. exports by $13 billion. This can create or support tens of thousands of jobs.

October 21, 2011

Star Tribune

By Arthur Cyr, Clausen Distinguished Professor, Carthage College

After four years delay, Congress has ratified free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Each of the treaties facilitates efficient allocation of resources, including the profit drives of individuals. Specific dimensions make each distinctive, and promising in political as well as economic terms.

October 21, 2011

Wall Street Journal

By Robin Twyman, First Secretary for Trade Policy and Business Affairs, The British Embassy

Congratulations to Congress on passing the three free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama last week. Not because they’re going to necessarily directly help U.K. companies, but because each of those FTAs are a long awaited confirmation to America’s trading partners that she is committed to free trade.

October 23, 2011

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

By Jim Offner, Staff Writer

Pending free-trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea probably didn'tgenerate a lot of thought among Cedar Valley businesses, but they should. These are potentially big deals precisely because of Iowa's reliance on two areas of keen interest in all of those countries: agriculture and manufacturing.

October 24, 2011

New Mexico Politics.net

By Jamie P. Estrada, Vice President, DW Turner

Friday’s quiet signing of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea by President Obama not only marks important progress in opening markets for U.S. products and services, but it also marks a rare moment in bipartisanship. And it’s good news for the struggling U.S. economy as our manufacturers and service providers can now compete on a level playing field abroad with the Europeans and Canadians.

October 21, 2011

Colombia Reports

The free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia will produce "concrete benefits of economic growth and social transformation," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the FTA into law Friday. "I have wanted to convene this meeting with workers, business people, leaders, representatives of all Colombians, to share with you and with the country our vision of the transformative and revolutionary impact of the recently approved free trade agreement between Colombia and the United States," Santos said.

October 21, 2011
Colombia Welcomes Signing of U.S.-Colombia FTA

Washington, D.C. – Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. Gabriel Silva today welcomed President Obama’s signing of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and released the following statement.

“We welcome today’s signing of the FTA, which brings Colombia and the United States one step closer to the entry into force of this historic agreement. The FTA is a fundamental building block in the development of a new chapter in U.S.-Colombia relations, and will help to expand both of our economies, exports and job creation opportunities. We look forward to working with our U.S. government partners to implement the agreement as soon as possible.”

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October 23, 2011

St. Petersburg Times

Florida is among the states most likely to get a boost from free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that President Barack Obama signed into law Friday. The deal was one of the few major measures approved in Congress recently with support from Republicans and Democrats. The agreements will create 20,000 new jobs in the state and generate more than $1.5 billion in international trade opportunities, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

October 21, 2011

Associated Press

President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs….The agreements will bring to 20 those countries that have free trade relations with the United States.

October 21, 2011

UPI

U.S. President Obama signed three free-trade agreements and an extension of trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers Friday, the White House said. The White House said the agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia "will significantly boost American exports, support tens of thousands of American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property."

October 26, 2011

The Advocate

The new pact, and those with our Latin American friends, help Louisiana as much or more than any other state. Louisiana is home to five of the nation’s largest ports and has both petrochemical and agricultural products that can be sold in international markets. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said the agreement with Colombia helps open markets there for soybeans as well as chemical products.

October 26, 2011

The Hill

Passage of three free-trade agreements should jump-start negotiations and may even expand talks with Asia-Pacific nations, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday night…. “With Korea, Colombia, and Panama approved, signed, and moving toward implementation, we also have great momentum heading into another busy season for trade," he said Wednesday night during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

October 24, 2011

Reuters

Colombia's state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol reported record profits and production in the third quarter, reflecting an oil boom in the South American country. Higher international oil prices, improved performance from affiliated companies and a favorable foreign exchange rate also contributed to a 132.1 percent surge in third quarter consolidated net earnings, the company said on Monday.

October 24, 2011

Dovers CattleNetwork

Free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Columbia recently were passed by Congress with great applause from agriculture and signed into law. They were tentatively signed three years ago, but final details needed to be worked out prior to Congressional approval. The agreements were overwhelmingly approved on Capitol Hill.  But does US agriculture really benefit from exports?... Implementation of the three agreements will mean additional $2.3 billion in exports and support 20,000 US jobs according to USDA.

October 25, 2011

Springfield (MO) News-Leader

During a stop in Springfield Monday, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt detailed why he backed the recent free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama. The agreements will make it easier for American companies to sell goods in those countries and will help spur new jobs here, he said.

October 15, 2011

NEMS Daily Journal

The general momentum behind the bills is the opening of increased trade opportunities - exports from all the states. The free trade agreements were supported by several Mississippi industry and manufacturing groups, including farm interests eager for broader export markets. The Senate voted late Wednesday and the House earlier in the day by decisive margins.

October 20, 2011

Bloomberg

Free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama may create or support morethan the 70,000 jobs estimated by economists because service industries will add workers, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said. Kirk said the forecast by the independent U.S. International Trade Commission focuses on manufacturedgoods and may not fully account for a jump in business for service companies, and “we very much excel in services.”

October 21, 2011

Rochester Business Journal

Nearly two-thirds of respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say the new free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will be good for the Rochester economy….The agreements will lower or eliminate tariffs that U.S. exporters face in the three countries as well as boost intellectual property protections. The Obama administration says the pacts could increase exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs.

October 21, 2011

Dow Jones

President Barack Obama signed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama on Friday, putting a final stamp of approval on the hotly debated deals he took up in the name of job creation. Congresspassed the three agreements with relative ease last week, nearly five yearsafter they were originally negotiated by the Bush administration.

October 18, 2011

Journal and Courier

A bipartisan congressional effort that is expected to benefit local manufacturing and agricultural efforts will culminate Friday when President Barack Obama signs free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th District, on Tuesday joined officials at Caterpillar Large Engine Center in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County farmer Alan Kemper, president of the American Soybean Association, in lauding the agreements.

October 19, 2011

Asbury Park Press

The recent trade agreements passed by Congress should create thousands of U.S. jobs and better protect workers whose employers shift their work overseas, President Barack Obama’s top trade negotiator said Wednesday….“The world’s just moving too fast for America to pull out and sit on the sidelines,” Kirk said to about 120 people at Rutgers University.

October 19, 2011

Sunshine State News

“Florida agricultural commodities are exported to more than 130 nations and 50 have agriculture-related imports of more than $10 million annually,” said Putnam. “The free-trade agreements will allow us to continue to focus on promoting Fresh From Florida commodities around the globe.”

October 13, 2011

Washington Post

The main change under the Colombia pact is to let U.S. goods enter the Andean nation tariff-free, since existing law already gave Colombia periodically renewable free access to U.S. markets. And making the mutual free flow permanent rewards and bolsters a democratic partner that has stood with the United States against drugs, terrorism and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Free trade with Colombia and Panama, added to existing free trade with Chile, Peru, Mexico and Central America, creates a near-seamless partnership from Tierra del Fuego to Tijuana.

October 14, 2011

Washington Times

By passing the long-pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama this week, Congress took the first small steps toward improving the U.S. economic predicament. American agricultural exports are likely to be the largest beneficiaries, but various service sectors would also see a boost.

October 14, 2011

NewsOK

Approval this week of free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama shows that indeed, President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress can get along every now and then. The votes Wednesday in the House and Senate had been a long time coming. The agreements were signed more than three years ago by George W. Bush, but Obama hadn't sent them to Congress for approval. This foot-dragging rankled Republicans, particularly in the House, who wanted to see these beneficial trade deals put into place while Obama pushed labor union concerns.

October 14, 2011

Times Free Press

Few of us think very much about foreign trade. But opening foreign markets to U.S. goods is nevertheless important to job creation and economic growth in our country. That's why Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander were among those who voted this week for free trade agreements between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

October 14, 2011

NY Daily News

Under two Presidents, one from each party, it took almost five years to get three important free trade agreements through Congress. Pathetic. The pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama should have been gimmes. Their tortured history highlights the destructive bipartisan paralysis that rules Capitol Hill.

October 14, 2011

Arizona Republic

Three new free-trade agreements are a blast of fresh air for America's oxygen-starved economy. And they're a refreshing sign that bipartisanship is still possible in Washington. The deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are expected to increase U.S. exports by $13 billion a year, supporting tens of thousands of jobs. Throughout history, trade has driven prosperity. That's why, from the earliest days of civilization, people have trekked across deserts and gone to sea in tiny vessels.

October 15, 2011

Southwest Times Record

It was an occasion of bipartisan agreement for the Arkansas delegation when all six members voted for three free-trade agreements earlier this week. The agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama could boost American exports by more than $13 billion a year and create more than a quarter of a million jobs, according to Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, in a Stephens Washington Bureau report in Thursday's edition.

October 15, 2011

Salinas Californian

The bipartisan passage this week of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is important both to the nation and to the economic growth in the Salinas Valley. The agreement will open up new markets for locally grown produce. And while it will also open up competition from Colombian products, we cannot shy away from global commerce.

October 16, 2011

Springfield Republican (MA)

When Congress, after five years of dithering and bickering, finally approved trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, the votes weren’t close. Which left one to ask the obvious question: Why did this take so long?

October 13, 2011

Delaware Online

Another answer is to fight back, as Congress also has just done. Specifically, passing trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Trade pacts open other countries' markets to our products. For example, Delaware's poultry exports to South Korea are expected to increase by more than a $1 million a year. All three countries will see more of our chemicals and plastics as well as financial and insurance services.

October 15, 2011

Politico

By Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Fortunately, this week, we took an important step in the right direction to get our economy back on track. With support from both parties, Congress passed three pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to help encourage private sector job creation in Missouri and nationwide.

October 13, 2011

The Hill

By Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

Yesterday, we took a significant step forward by approving free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. But we must do more. We need far greater access to markets in countries like India and Brazil — and particularly China, the country at the center of the tectonic shift in the global economy.

October 20, 2011

Ohio Farmer

Friday, President Obama is expected to sign the necessary legislation implementing the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says we can expect more export records to be set. "For agriculture it means $2.3 billion in additional exports," Vilsack said. "When you add that to what we are already doing you are seeing that we're going to be able to build on our record agricultural export year that we are having this year.”

October 19, 2011

The Hill

By Former US Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Former US Rep. Amory F. Houghton (R-NY)

After much delay, large bipartisan majorities in both chambers approved the Colombia, South Korea and Panama free trade agreements. Ratifying the free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama was a good start – but there is much more that can and should be done to expand our global trade opportunities.

October 19, 2011

Daily Herald

By Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)

Despite the clear economic benefits of trade, almost every story about the recent agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia included at least one hard-core opponent decrying the impact of trade. This raises the question: after years of delay, why did three deals — pillars of the GOP economic agenda — receive overwhelmingly bipartisan support? The truth is that trade grows our economy, and these pacts will create about 250,000 good-paying American jobs.

October 14, 2011

Great Falls Tribune

Sen. Max Baucus said the new free trade agreements between the United States and Colombia, South Korea and Panama will be a boon for Montana farmers and ranchers….The Panama and Colombia FTA will immediately eliminate those countries' duties on high-quality Montana beef, wheat and barley, giving farmers and ranchers more value for their products, Baucus said.

October 14, 2011

Herald Times Reporter

Wisconsin exporters should see expanded opportunities in each of the three countries for which Congress approved trade agreements this week, but the deal with South Korea holds the most promise. The agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are expected to increase U.S. annual exports by $12 billion and add 250,000 jobs to the American economy.

October 14, 2011

Ashland Current (WI)

Earlier this week Congress passed three free-trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea. Gov. Scott Walker praised the action, emphasizing U.S. Chamber of Commerce data that show exports support more than 65,000 Wisconsin jobs and that nearly 7,000 companies export products from Wisconsin.

October 15, 2011

Poughkeepsie Journal

Supporters say the three trade agreements Congress approved will boost New York manufacturers, farmers and service industry firms. Congress approved free-trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, ending a four-year drought in forming new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the chance to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.

October 17, 2011

Florida Today

Eric Gjerde isn’t sure what the new free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia will mean for his small but growing medical equipment company in Melbourne. But he plans to find out. His firm, Airon Corp., has been unable to penetrate the Colombian marketplace. He hopes the trade deal will change that, and he plans to have his Latin American sales representative explore potential opportunities.

October 13, 2011

Miami Herald

Letter to the Editor: Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade County Commissioner

The agreements approved by Congress will pave the way for much-needed job creation, for they will boost the local economy in unimaginable ways.  These three countries contribute more than $5 billion in total trade annually to Miami-Dade. Colombia is Miami’s second-largest trading partner. It’s also the largest air-trading partner with 192,000 tons of cargo, valued at almost $4.3 million, moving through MIA. According to the USDA, Colombia’s agreement will eliminate tariffs and other barriers on most agricultural products.

October 16, 2011

Seattle Times

Forecasts for the benefits of the three free-trade agreements adopted by Congress vary widely, but the long-dormant deals create something fundamental to all success: opportunity. Politicians are the most optimistic about the potential for the agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. Economists are more restrained, but no sales are made or jobs created without market access.

October 5, 2011

Merced Sun-Star / Sacramento Bee

In California's bleak economic picture, one of the few bright spots is the growth in exports. That's a compelling reason to support the free trade deals that President Barack Obama finally submitted to Congress on Monday….California would be among the biggest beneficiaries, which is why business groups across the state are strongly supporting the deals.

October 3, 2011

The Hill

The White House sent three pending trade agreements to Congress on Monday after reaching a deal with House Republican leaders. The agreement will allow trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to move forward, in addition to legislation to help workers who are hurt by increased trade.

October 3, 2011

ABC News

With the news today that President Barack Obama has submitted three long-stalled free trade agreements to Congress, House Republicans announced this afternoon that they will quickly bring the accords to the floor for a vote, setting the stage for their approval as soon as next week. House Speaker John Boehner said the agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea will become a “top priority for the House,” and he revealed his intent to schedule votes on them “consecutively and in tandem” with the bipartisan Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, known as TAA.

October 3, 2011

ABC News

With the news today that President Barack Obama has submitted three long-stalled free trade agreements to Congress, House Republicans announced this afternoon that they will quickly bring the accords to the floor for a vote, setting the stage for their approval as soon as next week. House Speaker John Boehner said the agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea will become a “top priority for the House,” and he revealed his intent to schedule votes on them “consecutively and in tandem” with the bipartisan Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, known as TAA.

October 3, 2011

Washington Times

President Obama on Monday finally sent Congress long-delayed free-trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia, breaking a deadlock that extends back to the George W. Bush administration and setting up a showdown on Capitol Hill. Acting with unusual speed amid so much other gridlock, Republican congressional leaders said they will put the agreements on the House floor next week, where the vote is likely to expose deep divisions among Mr. Obama’s fellow Democrats.

October 3, 2011

Politico

President Barack Obama sent three long-stalled trade agreements to Congress Monday afternoon, just as House Republicans greenlighted the deals to move to the floor. “The series of trade agreements I am submitting to Congress today will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and provide a major boost to our exports,” Obama said in an afternoon statement.

October 3, 2011

Associated Press

The White House sent three long-delayed trade agreements to Congress on Monday,putting the deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama on a path toward final passage after years of political limbo. In a statement, President Barack Obama said the deals would make it easier for U.S. companies to sell their products overseas, and he called on Congress to approve the agreements without delay.

October 3, 2011

New York Times

The Obama administration moved Monday to complete free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, submitting the deals for Congressional approvalafter resolving a standoff of months with Republicans over the details of apackage both sides said they favored. The White House is depending on Republican support for the trade agreements to overcome the passionate opposition of Democrats concerned about the loss of American jobs to foreign competition.

October 4, 2011

Seeking Alpha

Bloomberg reported yesterday that after more than four years and two presidents, the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea have been sent to Congress for a vote. For investment opportunities on domestic soil, one only has to look to the companies that fought hardest topush the trade deals forward.

October 4, 2011

Los Angeles Times

Passage of the agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama is expected to come as soon as next week, and could produce $13 billion in additional U.S. exportseach year of farm, machinery and other goods and services, according to White House officials. The deals are likely to bring the biggest benefit to trade-reliant states such as California and Washington.

October 3, 2011

Washington Post

The White House submitted free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama for Congressional approval Monday, a long-awaited step that could lead to a rare bipartisan agreement next week to approve the stalled trade deals.

October 3, 2011

The Hill

The technology industry welcomed the news late Monday that the White House has sent trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval after cutting a deal with House Republican leaders. The legislation would advance the three pacts negotiated under the Bush administration, which tech industry trade groups argue will create jobs andexpand the market for U.S. goods.

October 3, 2011

Miami Herald

Saying "it's about time," both Miami Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Monday said they support the free trade agreements the White House sent to Congress Monday. President Barack Obama on Monday submitted agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

October 5, 2011

Miami Herald

It’s taken seemingly forever to get Congress and the administration to make a deal over three pending free trade agreements, but now that the political standoff has apparently been resolved, Congress should waste no time in giving them a thumbs-up.

October 5, 2011

St. Petersburg Times

The trade deals with Panama, Colombia and South Korea that President Barack Obama sent to Congress on Monday offer a bright spot in this nation's otherwise glum financial picture. While the immediate monetary impact to the United States, about $13 billion a year, is modest compared with America's overall economy, the agreements will particularly help some hard-hit industries, lay a foundation to boost American exports across the board and serve to stabilize the security of our trading allies. The deals also promise a boost for Florida. Congress should pass the legislation without delay.

October 3, 2011

CQ Today

The Obama administration and House Republicans have found an area of agreement on the job creation front, as the two sides on Monday set the final steps for advancing three major trade deals…. The White House, along with Republican leaders and major business organizations, insist that the agreements with South Korea (HR 3080), Colombia (HR 3078) and Panama (HR 3079) will be a net boon to the American economy and help stir the labor market by boosting exports.

October 4, 2011

Farm Journal

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is pleased the Obama Administration has transmitted to Congress implementing legislation for the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Several ag-related groups also made statements applauding the move.

October 4, 2011

NPR

President Obama has sent to Congress long-delayed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The deals are hailed as aboon to job creation, but also feared as a threat to existing jobs. [Audio Included]

October 4, 2011

The Hill

President Obama on Monday submitted the texts of three free trade agreements, with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) then introduced as standalone bills that the House will consider. Cantor and Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) introduced the Colombia FTA as H.R. 3078.

October 4, 2011

The Hill

Many lawmakers will breathe a collective sigh of relief while others will grumble in frustration as the three trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are considered on Capitol Hill.

October 5, 2011

The Hill

Three pending free trade deals cleared a House panel on Wednesday, setting them up for probable floor action next week. After some spirited debate over workers' rights issues in Colombia, the House Ways and Means Committee approved all three agreements — South Korea, Panama and, the most controversial among Democrats, the U.S.-Colombia accord.

October 3, 2011

Reuters

A years-long deadlock on free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama appeared close to an end on Monday as President Barack Obama formally submitted the pacts to Congress for approval. "The series of trade agreements I am submitting to Congress today will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and provide a major boost to our exports," Obama said in a statement.

October 4, 2011

Bloomberg

President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation for free-trade agreements with SouthKorea, Colombia and Panama, ending a wait for business supporters that spanned more than four years and two presidencies. Packed into 18 boxes and piled into a sport-utility vehicle, the bills were driven from the White House to the Capitol yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner pledged to debate them in tandem with benefits for workers who lose jobs to foreign competition.

October 1, 2011

Oregonian

Last Tuesday night, as Gov. John Kitzhaber was getting over his jet lag from his trade mission to Asia, two of the three leading Democrats seeking an open seat in Congress promised a union audience that they opposed free trade with South Korea, and a third suggested she hadn't made up her mind. Really? Here we sit on the Pacific Rim, with a major port, in a state where one out of 10 jobs is connected in some way to trade, and none of the three people favored to become Oregon's next member of Congress can bring themselves to say they support free trade?

October 4, 2011

Grand Rapids Press

President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to send a trio of trade pacts to Congress for approval. The proposed deals could help address the nation’s $600 billion trade deficit by unleashing American products in emerging markets. The agreements would lower or eliminate tariffs on the sale of goods and services between the U.S. and South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The deal could boostU.S. exports by as much as $13 billion. Most of that would be to South Korea, where new openings for agriculture and automotive exports have potential togive badly needed help to Michigan companies.

September 29, 2011

The Hill

By Dean Garfield, CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

We have a window of opportunity right now in which the United States can spur much-needed growth by passing the pending free tradeagreements and then pivoting to upgrading our trade agenda. By passing freetrade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama the U.S. can increase exports by more than $12 billion a year and create or sustain 70,000 jobs.

September 30, 2011

Lufkin Daily News

By Joe Parker Jr., President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

If there is one thing politicians can agree on, it is that America’s current economic and job situation is downright bad, and we need to do something immediately to begin fixing it. Ratifying the stalled free trade agreements (FTA) with Panama, Colombia and South Korea is one sure-fire way to give this economy the boost it needs without a taxpayer-funded stimulus.

October 2, 2011

Politico

By John Murphy, VP for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Efforts to approve the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama were bogged down in Washington’s sweltering summer heat. Despite broad bipartisan support, procedural disagreements led to delay and then the debtceiling fight consumed the legislative calendar. The business community returned to Washington with the fervent hope that the cooler air of fall would bring renewed focus and clarity. We need clear thinking today, because it’s now or never: Our last, best chance to approve these job-creating agreements has arrived.

October 2, 2011

Politico

By Jay Timmons, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers support the president’s goal of doubling exports in five years and believe achieving the goal is an economic necessity. But we can’t get there by wishing. The first step toward that goal is approval of the long-stalled trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama. After years of inaction, it appears that we are getting close to passing these three agreements.

October 2, 2011

Businessweek

President Barack Obama may send free- trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for consideration as soon as today, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plans…. A second person, a Colombian government official who said he has been briefed on the plans, said he expected Obama to act on the accords today or tomorrow. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.

October 2, 2011

Politico

By Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative

Similarly, the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, along with strengthened Trade Adjustment Assistance, would help create and preserve U.S. jobs. All of these measures are critical elements of the Obama administration’s balanced approach to trade that grows American exports abroad and supports American jobs here at home. Together, these agreements are estimated to increase U.S. gross domestic product by $12 billion and support tens of thousands of additional American jobs.

October 2, 2011

Washington Post

To his credit, President Obama is not jumping on this bandwagon. But he still has not submitted three free-trade agreements, withSouth Korea, Colombia and Panama, for congressional approval, amid seemingly eternal partisan wrangling over related assistance for workers displaced byforeign trade. If Congress really wants to help American workers, it will end the stalemate and move these growth-enhancing pacts to final passage. The world economy has enough problems without adding a U.S.-China trade rift to the list.

September 29, 2011

Houston Business Journal

Latin American dignitaries stopped by the Greater Houston Partnership  this company this week to emphasize the importance of free-trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, and I sat in while they made their pitch about why they think these agreements are necessary. Passing these agreements would add $13 billion to the U.S. economy and create about 70,000 jobs, said P. Michael McKinley, the U.S. ambassador to Colombia. Exports to Latin America, McKinley said, are a fundamental part of that job creation and economic boost, he said.

September 30, 2011

Mid-South Farmer

The agriculture community is focusing on the three free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that have been pending for over four years.  Passage of these three agreements is important to agriculture in general, and according to National Corn Growers Association Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo, the nation's corn producers in particular.

October 3, 2011

Embassy of Colombia Press Release

The submission of the treaty by the White House confirms President Obama’s commitment to strengthen U.S.-Colombia relations. After five years, the U.S.-Colombia FTA is going to be considered by Congress. This is a significant step forward to achieve passage of this agreement. It is great news for American workers and farmers, as well as for the Colombian people.

October 3, 2011

Reuters

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, the chamber's majority leader, Eric Cantor, said on Monday. Cantor made the announcement just minutes after President Barack Obama sent the proposed accords to Capitol Hill. Said Cantor: "I am glad President Obama has finally sent Congress the long-awaited free trade agreements ... which will help create thousands of new jobs and spur economic growth."

October 3, 2011

New York Times

The Obama administration moved Monday to finalize free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama by sending the deals to Congress for approval, marking the end of a months-long standoff with House Republicans. The deals are a major plank in President Obama’s plan for accelerating economic growth, estimated to increase American exports of goods and services by more than $12 billion a year. But the White House is depending on Republican votes to overcome the passionate opposition of Democrats concerned about the likely loss of American jobs to increased foreign competition.

October 2, 2011

Businessweek

President Barack Obama may send free- trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for consideration as soon as today, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plans…. A second person, a Colombian government official who said he has been briefed on the plans, said he expected Obama to act on the accords today or tomorrow. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.

October 2, 2011

Reuters

President Barack Obama may send to Congress as early as Monday three long-stalled free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The agreementshave been awaiting congressional approval for more than four years.

October 3, 2011

Hartford Business

But talk for the three free trade agreements is heating up again, and Congress could take up the issue sometime in October or November. That’s good news for Bachmann and other Connecticut companies looking to export, as free trade agreements historically lead to boosts in overseas sales by an average of 70 percent. The United States has free trade agreements with 17 countries, and the passage of each has led to an increase in exports from Connecticut.

October 3, 2011

Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama could send trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval early this week, setting the stage for final passage of the agreements in mid-October after five years of political combat. Together, the pacts could boost U.S. exports by $13 billion annually—the Korea pact alone is worth $11 billion—though there would also be more imports and a wider array of foreign services available in the U.S.

October 3, 2011

Tax.News.com

Republicans from the United States Senate, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and its Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to submit the pending freetrade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to Congress for a vote.

October 3, 2011

ABC News

With the news today that President Barack Obama has submitted three long-stalled free trade agreements to Congress, House Republicans announced this afternoon that they will quickly bring the accords to the floor for a vote, setting the stage for their approval as soon as next week. House Speaker John Boehner said the agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea will become a “top priority for the House,” and he revealed his intent schedule votes on them “consecutively and in tandem” with the bipartisan Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, known as TAA.

October 3, 2011

Washington Post

The White House submitted free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama for Congressional approval Monday, a long -awaited step that could lead to a rare bipartisan agreement next week to approve the stalled trade deals. Though President Obama has cited passage of the trade measures for months as the kind of job creation initiative that should enjoy support from both parties, he had delayed sending the bills to Congress for formal consideration as the two parties debated whether to also extend a program that provides assistance to Americans who lose their jobs to outsourcing.

October 3, 2011

The Hill

The White House sent three pending free trade agreements to Congress on Monday after reaching a deal with House Republican leaders. The deal will allow the trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to move forward in addition to legislation to help workers who are hurt by increased trade. Congress could not move forward with the three agreements, which all enjoy significant backing from Republicans, unless the administration formally sent lawmakers legislation implementing the deals. But the White House had held back for fear Republicans would not move legislation extending the worker assistance program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance.

October 3, 2011

Associated Press

The White House sent three long-delayed trade agreements to Congress on Monday, putting the deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama on a path toward final passage after years of political limbo. In a statement, President Barack Obama said the deals would make it easier for U.S. companies to sell their products overseas, and he called on Congress to approve the agreements without delay. "These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America," he said.

September 30, 2011

California Apparel News

House Speaker John Boehner has said he will take up the TAA worker-training bill at the same time as the three trade treaties. Once the free-trade accords are introduced, Congress has 90 working days to approve the agreements on a yes-or-no vote. No amendments or adjustments can be made.

October 4, 2011

Delaware Online

If Delaware and the rest of the country are to climb out of the economic hole we are in, exports will have to play a bigger part. The U.S. runs an annual trade deficit of about $600 billion. Delaware, for sure, is a small part of the nation's economy. But it produces about $5 billion in exports of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, poultry and financial services. Boosting thenation's approach to exports will create more jobs right here.

October 6, 2011

Wall Street Journal

House and Senate leaders vowed to hold votes next Wednesday on free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, setting the stage for final votes on the long-awaited trade pacts ahead of a state visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak next week.

October 8, 2011

The Californian/Bakersfield.com

By Jim Costa, State Senator (D-Fresno)

Congress will soon have the opportunity to vote on pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia that will allow American companies to better compete globally. I support the agreements because they will increase opportunities for farmers and other industries right here in the San Joaquin Valley, helping to drive job creation.

October 8, 2011

San Jose Mercury News

By Michael Holston, Executive Vice President & General Council, HP

The reality is that more than 18 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with our free trade partners, and our largest trade deficits are with countries where we do not have a trade agreement. In fact, U.S. manufacturers have witnessed a trade surplus with free trade agreement partners for the past three years. California is one of the biggest beneficiaries of free trade. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, exports in 2010 supported 440,705 manufacturing jobs in California. And Tech America has shared data showing that 34 percent of exports from California are high-tech goods and services, supporting an estimated 233,000 California jobs.

October 11, 2011

Reuters

A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday backed long-delayed trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that are expected to boost U.S. exports by about $13 billion a year, paving the way for final approval. Trade: The full Senate and House of Representatives are poised to approve the agreements on Wednesday, just nine days after President Barack Obama sent them to Congress. Obama has said they would help support tens of thousands American jobs. The panel approved the South Korea and Panama agreements on voice votes and the Colombia pact by a 18-6 vote. U.S. farm and manufactured goods exports are expected to rise under all three agreements as tariffs are phased out, with the biggest gains coming from the South Korea agreement. The deals also open new markets for U.S. companies in service sectors such as banking, insurance and express delivery. The deals "will give our ranchers, farmers, workers and businesses a competitive edge in three lucrative fast-growing markets," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said.

October 12, 2011

Colombia Reports

Non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch recognized that Colombia has improved in "all areas" during the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian media reported. Chilean Jose Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director of HRW, said that Colombia improved in "all manner of areas" since President Santos took office in August 2010. "Since then, [one must] recognize that with President Santos the country has improved its political climate, public debate, in all manner of things including obviously in the subject of human rights," said Vivanco after a meeting with President Santos at Casa de Nariño, the presidential palace.

October 10, 2011

Monterey County Herald

By Sam Farr (D-CA)

So I bring to the debate on the Free Trade Agreement something that I think is missing from the dialogue: the passion of the Colombian people to be free and full partners in the global economy. Colombia is a nation with an illicit drug industry, yes. But more than that it is a nation with a people determined to crush those drugs and reclaim their land for legitimate use. Colombia is a nation coming out of paramilitary incursion. It is a nation whose people have asserted themselves and have said, "We're tired as hell and won't take it anymore." And they aren't.

October 10, 2011

The Foundry

By Ericka Andersen, Staff Writer

Free trade agreements (FTAs) have economically benefited nations the world over since their inception. Poverty rates in countries with low trade barriers are significantly lower, and data in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom demonstrate that free trade also leads to higher incomes, more jobs, and greater equality. That’s why it’s vitally important to quickly enact the three pending U.S. trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. These FTAs have been sitting on the President’s desk since 2007 for no good reason. President Obama has finally made them a priority by sending them to Congress last Monday night.

October 10, 2011

Worcester Business Journal

By James T. Brett, President & CEO, The New England Council

From fresh seafood to cutting-edge medical devices, the New England region is home to countless goods and services that are in demand around the globe. And so, The New England Council, representing more than 400 businesses and organizations throughout the region, is encouraged by recent progress toward approval of three free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. These countries offer unique market opportunities to increase the export of goods and services from New England and create job opportunities for our residents.

October 10, 2011

OregonLive.com

By Jay Clemens of Associated Oregon Industries, Ryan Deckert of the Oregon Business Association, Duncan Wyse of the Oregon Business Council and Sandra McDonough of the Portland Business Alliance

Oregon is one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation. At a time when our state's economy is teetering on the brink of another recession, our ability to export and trade with the world is the one economic bright spot that is helping to keep our region afloat. Fortunately, there is an opportunity to enhance our international trade, as Congress considers ratifying three trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

October 10, 2011

The Hill

By Sen. Rob Portman (D-OH)

With unemployment stuck above 9 percent and more than 14 million Americans looking for jobs, Washington needs to put aside politics and move quickly to implement practical solutions to put Americans to work. While Republicans and Democrats struggle to make progress on common-sense ideas like regulatory relief, pro-growth tax reform and increased domestic energy production, there are three sure bipartisan job creators that are truly “shovel-ready” — the export expanding agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

October 11, 2011

Quad-City Times

Scott County pork producers are crossing their fingers for luck as new agricultural free-trade agreements are debated in Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives is to debate the agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama today, and the pacts also are set for a vote today in the Senate Finance Committee. "This has been on the table for four years, and it's high time it gets passed because of the value it has for all of the agricultural products we produce in the United States," Tom Dittmer said Monday. Dittmer raises hogs and owns Grandview Farms in Eldridge, Iowa.

October 6, 2011

Miami Herald

By Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

South Florida’s economy is heavily dependent on international trade. In 2009, the region exported more than $31 billion in merchandise. So, you can see why it is critical for Congress to pass the pending trade agreements that President Obama submitted earlier this week. If approved, these trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will support tens of thousands of American jobs and help provide a level playing field in three significant international markets for U.S. firms.

October 6, 2011

Des Moines Register

By Dean Kleckner, Former President, American Farm Bureau and Iowa Farm Bureau

When it comes to trade, however, he’s a do-nothing president. He talks and talks and talks — and Congress waits and waits and waits for him to submit the agreements he continues to praise. Obama finally submitted the agreements on Monday. If Congress falls into gridlock, then the president will have a case. Until then, however, he may want to cut back on the lectures about what must be done “right away.”

October 6, 2011

MLive.com

The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, approved three pending trade agreements Wednesday with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Now the ball's in Congress' court. Camp said Wednesday's approval could not come at a better time for American workers, consumers and businesses.

October 6, 2011

The Gazette

Now that the Obama administration has applied first aid to the nation’s economy, “it’s time to repair the patient,” according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The former Iowa governor will be in Cedar Rapids on Saturday for a roundtable discussion with business people at CSPS that is closed to the public. He will be promoting President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act and trade agreements. He said both will give businesses confidence to begin hiring and consumers confidence to begin spending.

October 7, 2011

Associated Press/Miami Herald/Washington Post

Congress is set to approve free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama next week. The House of Representatives Rules Committee has voted on procedures for taking up the long-delayed agreements, the last step before they go to the House floor. The House is expected to begin the debate on the three bills, along with legislation to help workers displaced by foreign competition, next Tuesday, and finish action by as early as Wednesday. The agreements are expected to pass by comfortable margins.

October 7, 2011

Star-Telegram

As the nation's top global trade negotiator, Kirk spoke about the importance of the free-trade agreements on the table. Initiated years ago, they were sent to Congress by Obama last week. They "will make it easier for American companies to sell their products in South Korea, Colombia and Panama and provide a major boost to our exports," Obama has said. "These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America."

October 8, 2011

Wallaces Farmer

After five years of political bickering, the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama were sent to Congress this week by President Barack Obama, drawing much praise and support from ag organizations and members of Congress. Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture who was in that post when these agreements were signed, praised the move.

October 9, 2011

Star Tribune

Years of legislative gridlock on three U.S. trade agreements has given way to a rare bipartisan push in recent days, leading to a growing belief that the deals will be approved and, proponents say, provide a boost to the U.S. economy. Trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia are expected to be approved by the House as early as Wednesday, and the Senate should take action within the next few weeks, according to sources in Congress and within the Obama administration.

October 9, 2011

Democrat and Chronicle

Exporting is big business in the Rochester area, and it figures to get bigger if the three trade agreements sent to Congress by President Barack Obama last week win approval. Question is, why did it take five years to get this far on the deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama?

October 9, 2011

The Hill

The House and Senate are poised to move with lightning speed this week to approve three trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama submitted just last week by President Obama. Wednesday votes are set in both the House and Senate on the deals and approval is on track just in time for a Thursday joint address to Congress by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

October 10, 2011

Miami Herald

Florida businesses — both large and small — are poised to take advantage of the potential for increased sales if free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama win Congressional approval. After lengthy delays, the Obama administration sent the three trade pacts to Congress last Monday. They’re scheduled for a vote Wednesday.

October 10, 2011

The Palm Beach Post

By John Engler, President, Business Roundtable

After years of delay, Congress is about to vote on three trade agreements - with Colombia, Panama and South Korea - that hold enormous potential for the United States and Florida. Florida would enjoy significant benefits from trade with all three countries, especially Colombia. In 2010, Florida exported $2.5 billion worth of goods to Colombia and another $500 million to South Korea.Those exports support thousands of jobs in the state, hundreds of them in the Palm Beach County area. 

October 11, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Michael G. Corcoran

October 11, 2011

The Commercial Appeal

Letter to the Editor: Larry Cox, President & CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority

Simply, the United States is suffering from a severe competitive disadvantage in these emerging markets at a time when our economy can ill-afford disadvantages. I would urge the House to take up these measures, pass them swiftly, and then move them to the Senate and the president for similar action. America and the Memphis business community cannot afford to wait.

October 4, 2011

Winston-Salem Journal

By Larry Wooten, President, North Carolina Farm Bureau

Agriculture is essential to the prosperity of North Carolina, particularly its rural communities. Farm exports now account for one-third of the state's $9.6 billion in farm cash receipts. International trade is crucial to the state's 52,000farmers. Over the past decade, North Carolina's agricultural exports grew by 79 percent, directly adding 1,500 new jobs. In 2010, those exports accounted for 23,550 North Carolina jobs. Despite the success of agricultural exports in domestic job creation, the nation's ability to trade openly in the world marketplace is in jeopardy.

October 4, 2011

USTR Blog

By Ambassador Ron Kirk

Yesterday, the President took another step to help create and preserve U.S. jobs when he sent Congress three trade agreements, with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. President Obama is calling on Congress to pass the trade agreements and at the same time to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) that helps workers whose jobs are affected by global competition. Allfour of these items are important elements of the President’s balanced trade agenda to open markets for U.S. exporters and keep faith with workers here at home.

October 4, 2011

Delaware Online

By Rebecca Faber, President & CEO, World Trade Center Delaware

It is imperative that the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are approved. Thesethree agreements not only increase access for U.S. businesses (including small businesses) in growing markets, they also reinforce our relationship with countries of vital strategic interest to the United States…. Free trade is intertwined with Delaware's geography, history and economy. Our tri-state regional port complex, the fourth largest in the U.S., is vital for international trade and has been since the founding of our nation.

October 4, 2011

Des Moines Register

By Mary Nelson, VP of Kemin Industries Inc.

As Congress begins the arduous task of helping the U.S. climb out of a stagnant economy, one of the quickest engines to job growth would be the immediate passage of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

October 4, 2011

Washington Post

Letter to the Editor: Frank Vargo, VP International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers

The facts on free-trade agreements are readily available from government economists on the International Trade Administration’s Web site. Tables on the site report the manufactured goods trade balance with our free-trade partners and show a trade surplus last year of more than $23 billion. So far this year, the surplus is larger than $25 billion. In fact,over the past three years, manufacturers in the United States have accumulated a trade surplus with free-trade partners in excess of $70 billion.

October 5, 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By James Buchen, Senior Vice President, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Each day in Wisconsin, thousands of individuals are hard at work manufacturing goods for export. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, more than 50 million Americans work for companies that engage in international trade…. The White House and Congress are considering free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which will open these markets for U.S. exports. The deals have been pending for years and stand to support tens of thousands ofmanufacturing jobs in the U.S. 

October 5, 2011

Huffington Post

By Edward J. Black, President & CEO, Computer Communications Industry Association

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are expected to work together next week to pass the long awaited trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Obama administration is praising what appears to be the end of a 5-year deadlock on this issue, and the reality is that it justcouldn't wait any longer. The United States already has fairly open markets so these deals will help the US gain better access to South Korean, Panamanian and Colombian markets.

October 5, 2011

Western Farm Press

By Western Growers

Western Growers applauds the submission of the Korea, Colombia and Panama trade agreements by President Obama to Congress, hailing the free trade agreements’ benefits to the fresh produce industry. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee will debate the agreements tomorrow and the entire House could vote on passage of the free trade deals as early as nextweek.

October 5, 2011

Wall Street Journal

By Tom Donilon, National Security Adviser to President Obama

On Monday, President Obama submitted three critical free trade agreements to Congress and asked both chambers to advance them expeditiously. Passage of these agreements is a matter not just of economic and commercial opportunity but also of national security.

October 4, 2011

Houston Chronicle

By Ambassador Ron Kirk

Similarly, the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, along with strengthened Trade Adjustment Assistance, would helpcreate and preserve U.S. jobs. All of these measures are critical elements of the Obama administration’s balanced approach to trade that grows American exports abroad and supports American jobs here at home. Together, these agreements are estimated to increase U.S. gross domestic product by $12 billion and support tens of thousands of additional American jobs.

October 6, 2011

Reuters

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised Latin American leaders yesterday that pending US free trade deals with Colombia and Panama would power growth in the region and pledged $17.5 million for new programmes to expand economic ties. “These investments are part of our larger commitment to generating more — and more sustainable — economic activity across our region,” Clinton told a regional economic meeting in the capital of the Dominican Republic.

October 5, 2011

Bloomberg

U.S. companies should push Congress to approve free-trade accords with South Korea, Colombia and Panama next week while renewing aid to workers hurt by foreigncompetition, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said. Passing the free-trade agreements and the worker aid, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, is an “essential piece of the president’s jobs agenda,” Daley said last night in Washington.

October 6, 2011

Fresno Bee

In California's bleak economic picture, one of the few bright spots is the growth in exports. That's a compelling reason to support the free trade deals that President Barack Obama finally submitted to Congress on Monday. The three pacts -- with South Korea, Colombia and Panama -- would lift tariffs and ease other barriers, leading to lower prices for U.S. goods and services in those countries and vice versa. The deals could create thousands of jobs; the Obama administration estimates that they would increase U.S. exports by about $12 billion a year.

October 6, 2011

Seattle Times

President Obama and an intransigent Congress made welcome and long overdue progress on three trade agreements. Job-producing opportunities loom on the horizon. The House Ways and Means Committee approved agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, after the White House sent the trade pacts to Capitol Hill years after they had been negotiated in the Bush administration.

October 7, 2011

Star Tribune

But one bipartisan opportunity exists to help spur growth: Approving the free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that Obama submitted to Congress on Oct. 3…. Colombian trade would jump by more than $1 billion, according to the introductory 2006 estimate. (Commensurate calculations are not available for Panama.) Minnesota might benefit more than most areas, especially with increased agricultural and manufactured goods exports.

October 7, 2011

The News Tribune

Free-trade pacts with Korea, Colombia and Panama – a hot topic in the other Washington – could heat up business in this Washington if they’re passed. In fact, this state stands to be one of the biggest winners if Congress approves the long-delayed pacts in the next few weeks. The Korean pact alone could generate $10 billion in increased exports and tens of thousands of jobs. 

October 8, 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer

If President Obama and Congress fail to produce a free-trade agreement within the next month, Americans will know not to expect anything resembling bipartisanship between now and next year's presidential election. Obama bad-mouthed the North American Free Trade Agreement during his 2008 campaign, but, as he has done with other issues, he changed his rhetoric once he assumed the presidency. Obama has been working with Republicans to forge agreement on separate trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. But that was behind the scenes.

October 8, 2011

Desert News

Approval of these important agreements can't come soon enough. Free trade with the nation's key allies is a necessary ingredient for full economic recovery. While the United States has dithered on these agreements, Canada and other U.S. allies have stepped up their trade efforts and eroded the U.S. share of important markets. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimated the South Korean agreement would increase U.S. exports by as much as $10.9 billion in the first year. The Colombia agreement would add $1.1 billion a year.

October 5, 2011

Bloomberg

The House Ways and Means Committee voted to advance U.S. free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to the full House, more than four years after the deals were reached.

October 5, 2011

Associated Press

A House committee vote Wednesday set in motion the final act of the long drama of approving free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Ways and Means Committee votes for the three agreements set the stage for full House approval next week and Senate votes in the near future.

October 5, 2011

Reuters

Long-delayed U.S. trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama cleared a congressional hurdle on Wednesday and looked set to get quick final approval to end years of trade policy paralysis by Washington. The three pacts are expected to boost U.S. exports by about $13 billion a year and President Barack Obama's administration estimates they will help create tens of thousands of jobs.

October 3, 2011

Investor's Business Daily

After years of dithering and bowing to protectionists, President Obama finally submitted three pending free-trade pacts with SouthKorea, Panama and Colombia to Congress for a vote. Let the U.S. economy recover. The president's decision marks the first bright economic move he has made to boost the nation's ailing economy. Dropping tariffs, opening markets and equalizing investment terms are a proven way to boost economic growth.