Senate Passes U.S.-Peru Trade Pact, 77-18

By December 4, 2007Trade

Roll call when available. UPDATE (3:40 p.m.) Here’s the roll-call results.


And here’s NAM President John Engler’s statement:

I am very pleased to see the Senate follow the House in a strong bipartisan vote to pass the Peru trade agreement. Today’s overwhelming support on such an important issue shows that members of both parties understand the economic benefits of free and open trade. The inclusion of labor and environmental standards also demonstrates that Congress can work in a positive, bipartisan way to move forward on trade.

Manufactured goods make up two-thirds of U.S. exports, and every new trade agreement we pass ensures increased market access and more jobs for American manufacturing workers. Following free trade opponents’ protectionist course would rob American manufacturers of the opportunity to compete in the global marketplace. We cannot remain world leaders if we shut ourselves off from the world.

It’s important that Congress now use this momentum to take up the three pending free trade agreements. These important trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea — representing a combined economic impact of nearly $100 billion — should not become legislative casualties of a campaign year. The tens of thousands of American manufacturers that export to Colombia, Panama and South Korea are hopeful that Congress will build on today’s bipartisan vote and move quickly to fully open these markets to U.S. goods.

I commend Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley for working quickly and thoroughly to see that this agreement reaches the Senate floor before the December recess. I urge all of them to act swiftly in the new year to pass the remaining trade agreements.

UPDATE (3:09 p.m.):

“This solid bipartisan vote by the United States Senate for the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement will ensure a vibrant two-way trade relationship and enduring friendship in our hemisphere,” U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement.

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