Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) voted no on the proposed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea because they will ensure the loss of thousands of jobs in Colorado and throughout the nation.
"At a time when we should be building jobs here in our country, these trade agreements are the wrong proposals at the wrong time. At the grocery store, the coffee shop, and from calls and emails to my office, hundreds of hardworking Coloradans told me how these agreements could cause their jobs to be outsourced and shipped overseas. We are all in this together, and my priority is to make sure we can put people back to work making things here in the United States, because if we make it in America, we will make it in America."
According to the U.S. International TRADE Commission (USITC), it is estimated the trade agreement with South Korea could impact more than 5,000 workers in Colorado's 7th Congressional District. Additionally, with the Panama and Colombia agreements, Perlmutter was concerned with financial corruption and lack of safeguards to protect jobs in the United States.