Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, reacted to the Obama Administration's announcement that it has reached an agreement with Colombia on outstanding issues related to human rights and labor that will allow Congress to move forward with the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. President Obama will join Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday at the White House for an official public announcement.
"The Administration has concluded the hard work of patiently and successfully negotiating clear and specific actions on labor and human rights that Colombia must take in order for us to be able to move forward with our trade agreement. As they did on the Korea agreement, the Administration's extra effort to drive a hard and realistic bargain has paid dividends," Senator Kerry said. "I look forward to working with Chairman Baucus and our colleagues to approve this and our other pending agreements and restore our leadership position on trade in the world. Over the last two years, Argentina has surpassed the United States as Colombia's top supplier of agricultural products. China has tripled its share of the Colombian market and is now Colombia's second largest trading partner. We need progress on a policy that promotes American jobs and sales, instead of sending them elsewhere."