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Camp, Brady Statements on President’s 2010 Trade Agenda

March 01, 2010

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) today made the following statements on the President’s 2010 trade agenda:

CAMP: “While the report rightly emphasizes the importance of increasing exports to create jobs, we need a clearer path for consideration of our pending free trade agreements. These trade agreements will create thousands of new American jobs without a dime of government spending. The time for study is over. We need action now to create jobs for American workers by opening new markets.”

BRADY: “I applaud many of the key aspects of the President’s trade agenda, in particular the acknowledgment that continued trade is essential to job creation in the United States.  We are not going to create these new jobs here, however, unless we create new markets, for example in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. The President appears to be very at ease talking about what trade agreements do but very uncomfortable talking about moving ahead with our pending agreements. We have to move past this. The situation is urgent as other countries complete trade agreements that lock out U.S. workers and exports. It is ironic that this agenda is released on the same day that the press is reporting that the EU and Colombia have finalized their FTA. The goals in this agenda will quickly turn out to be empty promises if we’re left behind as others create new rules and enforcement opportunities through new agreements that benefit them and leave our workers, farmers, and businesses in the cold.”