Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus finished his weeklong trade mission to Colombia and Brazil on Saturday with a meeting with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. Baucus used the meeting as another opportunity to highlight the urgent need to pass a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia as soon as possible this year. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, with sole jurisdiction over international trade, Baucus has consistently pressed President Obama to submit the FTA to Congress so Montana producers and manufacturers do not continue to lose business to competitors from other countries.
"Every day we delay the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, Montana farmers, ranchers and manufacturers are losing more and more business to competitors from countries like Argentina. Every day we delay, more American jobs are in jeopardy. We cannot afford to delay any longer. It's time to move forward quickly and send the agreement to Congress as soon as possible so Montana producers can sell their goods and services in Colombia and create jobs here at home," Baucus said
Baucus also brought 15 Montana farmers and business owners on the mission to meet with top Colombian and Brazilian officials and hold one-on-one business meetings with potential buyers in these growing markets.
"I was proud to bring these Montana farmers and business owners down to Colombia and Brazil to sell their world-class Montana products face-to-face, and Montana can be proud of them for a job well done. We connected these folks with some of the top officials and top businesspeople in the region. I'm confident they will take advantage of every opportunity to build the connections we made into partnerships that support good-paying Montana jobs," Baucus said.
Last week Baucus brought 15 Montana farmers and businesspeople on a trade mission to Colombia and Brazil to highlight the urgent need for the Colombia FTA and promote Montana jobs by selling more Montana products overseas.