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“Allies Jump as Washington’s Free Trade Delay Continues”

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August 16, 2011


With President Obama touring the Midwest, and Congress out on recess, allies Canada and Colombia have entered a free trade agreement putting American businesses at a competitive disadvantage. The U.S. has negotiated free trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, but they have yet to be ratified. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who is the Chairman of the House Trade Subcommittee, told Fox News, "With our economy struggling, we need new consumers - for our businesses, for our workers, for our farmers. But America has been off the trade field, and our competitors like Canada, like Europe, like China have moved very aggressively to take these new markets. "The practical impact is Canadian farmers can now sell their wheat to Colombia duty-free, while American farmers must pay a 13 percent tariff.