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The Colombia Trade Deal: A Different Kind of Jobs Bill

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April 3, 2011

Wall Street Journal

By Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

Let's be clear: Trade is critical to American innovation and economic growth. It can expand opportunity for workers and entrepreneurs, both at home and abroad. Colombia is a prime example. The International Trade Commission estimates the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, or FTA, will increase U.S. exports by more than $1 billion a year. To the farmers and workers whose jobs these exports would help sustain, that's much more than a statistic. To help our economy continue to recover, we should unite around a trade agenda that includes approval of this FTA and extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance for American workers.