John Engler: For More Jobs, Enact U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Pact

By November 30, 2009Trade

John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, has an op-ed marking the third anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. From The Bradenton Herald, “U.S.-Colombia free trade pact will boost employment, if passed“:

With unemployment topping 10 percent nationally, President Obama has increasingly stressed the importance of manufacturing and U.S. exports in creating jobs.

In an early November meeting with his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, the president called for “mechanisms that we can start putting in place where we see the kind of growth that used to characterize the U.S. economy — export-driven growth, manufacturing growth.”

One mechanism is already in place, and in fact, has been for three years: the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. If exports and jobs are truly priorities, it’s time for the White House to finally submit the agreement to Congress for enactment.

The argument is especially timely this week as President Obama holds a White House jobs forum. A Reuters headline characterized the goal, “Obama jobs forum to seek growth boost on the cheap.” Enacting a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia certainly fills the bill.

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