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“Congress Needs to Get to Work on Free Trade”

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July 14, 2011

Miami Herald

By Manny Diaz, Former Mayor of Miami

While Congress and other leaders wonder how to create jobs, they ignore a clear opportunity to do so by expanding markets for U.S. goods: the proposed free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Held hostage for years because of partisanship, these agreements are moving slowly through the legislative process, with congressional committees only recently approving the implementing bills.