Trade Votes Add Up For Jobs

Dec 6, 2012

As fights continue over the fiscal cliff, the Senate showed a rare but united front today, voting to establish normal permanent trade relations with Russia 92-4. This follows last month’s House vote, also in favor of the bill 365-43.

“The Chamber applauds the Senate for today’s overwhelming vote to help American companies sell their products in the world’s ninth largest market. This is a rare bill that will create American jobs without costing the taxpayer a dime,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue said.

Trade is one of the truly few issues that has united the 112th Congress, passing now its fifth bill in support of free trade. The other votes on the issue included reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea free trade agreements.

All together, the 112th Congress has made 1,931 yes votes in support of trade.

Congress, we thank you for taking this next step towards creating jobs. 

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