Key Congressional leaders believe there is support for the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, believe that if the White House agrees to act on all three pending trade agreements, all would pass the House with bipartisan support.
Earlier Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and former United States Trade Representative and current Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also called for the timely consideration of the pending free trade agreements.
The House leaders say that the White House's refusal to act on all three makes no sense, and their colleagues in the Senate are absolutely right that the time for action on the pending free trade agreements is now. The longer they are delayed, the more market share U.S. companies lose to foreign competitors and the fewer jobs are created here at home.