From the White House, press briefing transcript on U.S-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, featuring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer teleconference with reporters, transcript.
Statement from House Minority Leader John Boehner.
National Association of Corn Growers, news release: “”The Colombia free trade agreement should be considered and voted upon this year, and not sidelined due to procedural maneuvering,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer. “This agreement is good for U.S. agriculture and corn growers. Let’s have the agreement in front of Congress fair and square — on its own merits.”
International Dairy Foods Association news release: From IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton, “Playing political games and changing the rules in midstream will only hinder our country’s ability to broker fair and effective trade agreements with international partners in the future.”
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association news release, featuring statement by NCBA President Andy Groseta, a rancher from Cottonwood, Ariz. “Frankly, I don’t understand why Congress was so willing to assist producers of Colombian goods by extending the Andean Trade Preferences, but won’t stand up and be counted when they have a chance to help our own farmers and ranchers.”
Consumer Electronics Association news release, quoting a letter to Congress from President and CEO Gary Shapiro: “As we fight for the hearts and minds of the Colombian people, it seems unhelpful to use a procedural vote to delay consideration of an important trade agreement. We urge you to reject efforts to delay consideration of the Colombian Free Trade Agreement and to support its passage.”