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OP ED - Pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement


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February 2, 2009

OP ED - Pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Our nation's financial crisis has hit the state of New Jersey particularly hard. Our families are struggling, businesses are working overtime to survive, and job creators have been stifled. We must do what we can to revitalize all aspects of our economy and leverage every opportunity for growth. One strategy for financial recovery is opening new markets for American products.

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Our nation's financial crisis has hit the state of New Jersey particularly hard. Our families are struggling, businesses are working overtime to survive, and job creators have been stifled. We must do what we can to revitalize all aspects of our economy and leverage every opportunity for growth. One strategy for financial recovery is opening new markets for American products.
International trade agreements are a concrete step we can take to strengthen our economy and promote job opportunities. These agreements take time to negotiate, but Congress can act now by passing the pending Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The agreement has received broad support, and provisions have been included for strong labor, rule-of-law, and environmental protection.
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Paul Boudreau is the President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.