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Republicans Comment on Two Pending Trade Agreements and Call on the Administration to Defend America’s Competitiveness

September 15, 2009

Washington, DC— Republican Leaders, all Ways & Means Republicans, and other Republican Members today sent U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk letters in response to the Administration’s request for comments on the pending Colombia and South Korea trade agreements.  Attached to these letters is an analysis showing the significant economic harm to American exports of continued delay, which would give Canada and the European Union a competitive advantage in these important markets and put U.S. jobs at risk. 

Links to the letters and the economic analysis are provided below:

Comments on U.S-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

Comments on U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

America Falling Behind Analysis

List of Republican Member signatories below:

Republican Leader John Boehner
Republican Whip Eric Cantor
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Dave Camp
Rules Committee Ranking Member David Dreier
Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady
Rep. Wally Herger
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. John Linder
Rep. Devin Nunes
Rep. Pat Tiberi
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite
Rep. Geoff Davis
Rep. Dave Reichert
Rep. Charles Boustany
Rep. Dean Heller
Rep. Peter Roskam
Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao
Rep. Erik Paulsen