Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and co-chair of the Congressional U.S.- Korea Free Trade Working Group, issued the following statement after the House passed the three separate trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea with bipartisan support. These agreements represent the largest expansion of trade in 15 years.
"These trade agreements will open new markets for Minnesotan and American workers, farmers, and small businesses to sell their goods and services to new customers," said Rep. Paulsen. "Currently, U.S. exporters face unfair restrictions in other countries -- either through high tariffs or discriminating regulations that put them at a disadvantage. These agreements help address these imbalances and level the playing field. I look forward to working with the President to implement these pacts so we can create jobs here at home, and get our economy back on track."
Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional U.S.-Korea Free Trade Working Group and co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus.