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Rep. Roskam Helps Launch Bipartisan Working Group on U.S-South Korea Free Trade


Location: Washington, DC

Democrat, Republican Lawmakers Applaud New White House Promise to Act on Stalled FTAs

Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Deputy Whip and Ways and Means Committee member, issued the following statement today on the launch of a bipartisan working group committed to passing the long-stalled U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement:

"Today I stood with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who welcomed news of a new White House commitment to action on the long-stalled U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement.

Three years ago today, the table was set for a sweeping free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea that would eliminate barriers to U.S. product sales overseas and spur American economic growth and job creation. But for three years, Congress and the White House have wrung their hands while this no-cost job creation measure sits cooling on the dinner table.

President Obama's recent announcement that he intends to act on this long overdue jobs opportunity was welcome news indeed, and I join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support of immediately passing this free trade agreement to increase U.S. exports by more than $10 billion each year.

Too often these days, partisan politics interfere with the pursuit of policies that best serve the American people. The KOREA FTA Working Group brings Democrats and Republicans together to focus in on helping American businesses compete and thrive in a global marketplace.

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