Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, released the following statement today after pending Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea were finally sent to Congress for ratification:
"With unemployment in America remaining at a stubborn 9.1 percent, it's time to get these long-stalled Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea ratified as soon as possible. They have the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs across America at a time when our economy needs it the most. I am encouraged to learn that Senator McConnell will be seeking fast-track protections. After three years of delays by the White House, we soon will be able to open up more foreign markets to U.S. products. We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines any longer while other nations sign free trade agreements and gain a foothold in promising, new markets."