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House Passes Long-Awaited Free Trade Agreements


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle issued the following statement after the House of Representatives advanced three free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. It is estimated that these agreements will increase U.S. exports by $13 billion, add an additional $10 billion to our gross domestic product, and help create 250,000 jobs.

"In a bipartisan manner, the House approved three long-awaited export expansion free trade agreements. In doing so we are helping keep America competitive in an increasingly diverse global marketplace," said Rep. Buerkle.

"Through the elimination of tariffs and other barriers on agricultural products New York stands to benefit by the creation of 250 new jobs and nearly $30 million a year in additional exports such as beef, dairy, fruit, vegetable, wine and nuts."

"I have continually said that there are areas where the Congress and the Administration can work together to encourage job creation. These export bills are one such example and a major step toward improving the environment for economic growth."

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