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Trade Deal: Rare Comity on Capitol Hill

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October 14, 2011


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.