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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased with Today's House-Passed Trade Bill that Benefits U.S. Manufacturers and Create Jobs; Looks Forward to a Debate in the Coming Weeks on the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama & South Korea

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is pleased that the House has passed a trade preferences bill that will help U.S. companies stay competitive through lower production costs. Nearly three quarters of all trade preference eligible imports are raw materials, components, parts, or machinery and equipment used by U.S. companies to manufacture goods in the United States. Passage of this bill is good news for the U.S. economy, particularly South Florida, and will help create jobs.

Cong. Ros-Lehtinen again expressed her strong desire to see long-delayed Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea approved in order to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

"Today's trade bill is a good sign that we might finally be looking forward to Congressional debate on free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Americans, especially us South Floridians, have been waiting too long for these agreements. This is about saving and creating jobs -- and good paying jobs at that. In these tough times, we cannot afford to ignore the new economic opportunities that will be made available once these agreements are finally enacted."

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