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Camp, Brady Response to President Obama’s Statements on Exports in the State of the Union

January 28, 2010

Washington DC- Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) today released to the following statements in response to President Obama’s call for increasing exports of American goods:

Rep. Camp statement: “As for trade, actions speak louder than words.  Over the past year, this Administration and Democrats in Congress have done little to promote U.S. exports even though we all agree that exporting more American made goods and services will create jobs here at home. The President’s inaction has put American companies and workers at a crippling disadvantage internationally as other countries race ahead to take these markets from us. I welcome the President’s new sentiment and hope he follows through — I am committed to helping open new markets to create good-paying U.S. jobs.”

Rep. Brady statement: “At last, the President appears to have heard the message from our small businesses, farmers, and workers that American jobs and our economic future depend on growing exports of our goods and services. While I welcome his words, the President must now act on this basic message, and the first step should be consideration of the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea trade agreements, which will increase U.S. exports and could create hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Let’s make sure that the President’s statement actually means something.”