The Continued Trade Push

Sep 8, 2011

380,000 Jobs at Risk

With everyone from the president, to Governor Romney, to top lawmakers, to the Chamber offering a jobs plan this week, the one constant idea seems to be support for passing the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.   To echo these calls, the Chamber is launching a Beltway ad campaign today promoting the benefits of these deals.  As the ads points out, failing to pass the agreements puts 380,000 jobs at risk.

In addition to the ad campaign, the Chamber is hosting a press roundtable at 9:30 a.m. this morning where John Murphy will lay out the tactics and messaging around our effort to push these agreements across the finish line this fall, and Tami Overby will discuss the Chamber’s role in next week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Chicago.  She’s leading a delegation of Chamber execs whose objective is to conclude an agreement that can serve as the primary vehicle for trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region.

While many Americans view the economy as getting worse, these trade pacts are one key step toward economic growth and job creation.   And while Washington can’t agree on much these days, the agreements have the support of the president, the business community, and of members of both sides of the aisle in Congress.  For the sake of America jobs, it’s time to get them done.

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