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Free Trade is Good Business for State

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September 15, 2011

Alabama Press-Register

This is why we join Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan in his call for President Barack Obama and Congress to approve free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. As a port city, Mobile stands to benefit from these pacts, which enjoy bipartisan support. Millions of Americans need jobs, and free trade could provide some of them. It’s estimated that the trade agreements,negotiated during the Bush administration, would create tens of thousands of jobs. What’s more, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the pacts would protect 380,000 other jobs that America can’t afford to lose.