U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today applauded the passage of the bipartisan Senate bill to grant Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) and simultaneously create a new human rights policy toward Russia, calling it a critical step forward to help spur economic opportunity in Missouri and nationwide. The bill overwhelmingly passed the House last month.
Blunt -- who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion -- also spoke on the Senate floor this morning regarding the importance of the Russia PNTR bill and other free trade agreements.
"I applaud the passage of the bipartisan Russia trade bill, which builds on the progress we made last year with the passage of the three free trade agreements," said Blunt. "Normalizing trade relations between the United States and Russia will help generate jobs and economic opportunities for farmers, manufactures, and other businesses in Missouri and across America."