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Ros-Lehtinen Says Words Not Enough, President Must Take Action on Free Trade Agreements


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea:

"I am glad to hear the President express support for the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, but it's nothing we haven't heard from him before. What we need is action, not more words, and I heard no pledge for action.

"For more than two years, Republicans have been waiting for the President to send these job-creating free trade agreements to Congress. But the Administration has offered nothing but rhetoric, delays, and constantly moving goalposts.

"Removing unnecessary trade barriers with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea would immediately expand opportunities for U.S. businesses and create thousands of new jobs for hard-pressed Americans, without spending a cent.

"We have heard enough speeches. It's time for the President to finally send the agreements to Congress, where Republicans will be their strongest supporters."

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