Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's comments regarding the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea today.
"During a press conference today, President Obama said that the three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are pending before Congress right now, and listed them among the job creating projects that have been "tied up in Congress for some time'. That's disingenuous.
"The President has not sent a finalized version of the free trade agreements to Congress for a vote and it seems that each time he is close to doing so, he moves the goal post instead, implementing a new set of conditions for approval.
"The three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea would eliminate trade barriers and increase demand for American goods abroad which would increase U.S. GDP and exports by billions of dollars, and create thousands of jobs in the United States as a result.
"The President and Senate Democrats have to stop bending to labor union pressures, either by requiring labor improvements from Colombia--which our Latin American ally has met time and again--or by making passage of the free trade agreements contingent upon the extension of the Trade Adjustment Act.
"Four weeks away from the August recess, we are no closer to approving these free trade agreements that have been pending for years. The free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea would be good for the American economy and job creation. Will the White House recognize that and send the free trade agreements to Congress before the August recess, or continue to let them languish by piling on additional conditions?"