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"Congress Must Debate, Approve Free Trade Deals"

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June 18, 2011

Sauk Valley Telegraph

By Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

In Colombia, our corn and soybean products face a system of variable levies that result in tariffs as high as the World Trade Organization ceiling of 194 percent for corn, 150 percent for soybean products, and 108 percent for pork. The Colombia FTA would immediately eliminate tariffs on those products, vastly expanding our farmers’ market access and a real ability to compete for market share. That FTA would transform our trade relationship with Colombia to a two-way street and strengthen our relationship with that critical regional ally.