Colombia’s Vice President: It Would be a Slap

By April 9, 2008Trade

From La, quoting Vice President Francisco Santos: “Si el acuerdo fracasa, sería una cachetada para nosotros. Eso no podría no tener consecuencias en nuestras relaciones.”

Translation: “If the agreement fails, it would be a slap across our face. There’s no way it wouldn’t have an effect on our relations.”

UPDATE (5 p.m.) Bloomberg updated story, including NAM comment: “If you stop it for Colombia, you can stop it for any agreement,” said Doug Goudie, a lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers, a pro-trade business group. “That isn’t exactly going to inspire confidence in any future possible trade partners, or in the WTO negotiations.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Trade Representative has distributed a fact sheet that refutes the contention Congress has not been consulted ….See the extended entry below.

  • 55: The Administration led Congressional delegations to Colombia for 55 Members of Congress so they could see the country’s progress first-hand.
  • 144: Administration officials have delivered remarks educating the public about the benefits of free trade to U.S. workers in at least 144 cities throughout the United States.
  • 444: Since August 2007, cabinet and sub-cabinet officials have held at least 444 free trade agreement-related meetings or phone calls with Members of Congress including:
  • 265: At least 265 meetings with Democrats.
    179: At least 179 meetings with Republicans.
    27: At least 27 meetings or calls with Democratic Congressional leadership.

  • 160: USTR consulted with Congress 160 times in the run-up to and during negotiations as required by Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
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