House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the President formally submitted to Congress free trade agreements with the nations of Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. The Speaker has long called on the President to send Congress all three of these job-creating agreements.
“Today we have overcome a crucial hurdle to helping put Americans back to work. While the delay was unacceptably long and likely cost jobs, I am pleased the Obama Administration has finally done its part and sent these important trade pacts to Congress. Now that all three agreements have been transmitted, they will be a top priority for the House. We will quickly begin the required process to consider these bills and intend to vote on them consecutively and in tandem with Senate-passed TAA legislation. Expanding markets for American small businesses and manufacturers is a critical component of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators. These three trade agreements will support American jobs and help create opportunities to expand for American businesses. I look forward to seeing them passed, as well as beginning the important task of working with the Administration to further expand America’s trade agenda.”