WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A free trade agreement with Colombia is too important to U.S. national security and to the region for congressional leaders to prevent a vote on the pact this year, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday.
“We must not allow delay to turn into inaction,” Bush said in a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The pact “is too important to be held up by politics.”
An editorial in The Arizona Republic:
By obstructing a free-trade agreement with Colombia, Congress is achieving a mathematical impossibility.
If opposition to the deal made no sense in terms of rational self-interest when it was sealed between the U.S. and Colombia in 2006, it makes even less sense now. Less than zero sense.
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez will answer questions on the agreement Thursday at the White House website. Visit here.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m.) A White House factsheet on the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
More on the President’s speech from The Associated Press.
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