Members of Congress Urge Passage of Trade Agreements in The Hill Op-Ed; Cite Results of AMI StudyTuesday, June 29, 2010
(American Meat Institute)
“As the national unemployment rate holds at 9.7 percent — higher than the same time last year — it makes little sense to let opportunities for new jobs pass us by. Yet, that is exactly what the administration is allowing to happen,” state Reps Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Dave Camp (R-Mich.), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, in an op-ed appearing in today’s The Hill newspaper.
The legislators note that while the Administration has recently embarked on talks with Asia-Pacific trading partners to form a new agreement to reduce trade barriers in the region, it seems that it has completely forgotten about the three Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) already signed with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
“Each of these agreements provides
significant new market access for
The op-ed cites a recent AMI report on the
potential economic impact of these agreements,
which estimates that the implementation of the
“Making a bad situation worse, many of our
close competitors such as
“As the AMI study shows, these agreements offer significant, real and sustainable market access for our agricultural products. All of this could be good news for our economy — from rural producers, to manufacturing workers and truckers, to port workers and shippers. But for us to realize export growth and the additional jobs it would create, the administration must actively engage in finding a way forward to approve these agreements. Our farmers and ranchers cannot afford further delay,” the op-ed concludes.
To view the op-ed in its entirety, go to http://bit.ly/dmbnuy.
To view AMI’s report on the potential revenue of the currently pending FTAs, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/60268.share on facebook share on twitter