U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after voting for the trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama:
"Today I supported three job creating trade agreements that open export markets for workers in Massachusetts. Our state is well positioned to take advantage of newly opened markets in Korea, Colombia, and Panama. The Korea trade agreement alone is estimated to create thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands across the country. These agreements provide for strong intellectual property protections and a level playing field for Bay State exporters."
Senator Scott Brown played a leadership role in passing the three trade agreements. In July 2011, Sen. Brown and 11 other Republican senators committed to vote for cloture on renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) so that President Obama would formally submit the job-creating trade agreements to Congress. When the Senate passed an extension of TAA it also retroactively renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides preferential market access to developing countries. Since GSP expired last year, Massachusetts exporters paid approximately $4.2 million in unnecessary duties, significantly affecting their competitiveness and ability to create jobs in our state.
5/26/11: Senator Scott Brown's Op-Ed in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Open Markets, New Jobs