U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today on the long-delayed implementation of the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea:
"I am very pleased that the job-creating free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea is finally being implemented. The bottom line is that this agreement will increase U.S. exports by billions of dollars and create an estimated 70,000 jobs.
"There is no reason this day could not have come three years ago. Unfortunately, because of pressure from special interests, the Administration delayed sending this job-creating pact to Congress for years. Our workforce and businesses have unnecessarily suffered as a result, and I hope they can quickly make up for lost time.
"I urge the Administration to press harder on the trade front, especially regarding China. China is the world's Number One violator of intellectual property rights and continues to steal billions from U.S. companies and citizens every year. The Administration must make ending foreign discrimination against our companies around the world a priority if there is to be a lasting economic revival here at home."