Speaker Boehner Applauds Passage of Free Trade Agreements, Part of GOP Jobs Plan | Speaker.gov
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives passed three long-delayed trade agreements with the nations of Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. These pacts are an important element of the GOP Plan for America’s Job Creators:  

“With passage in the House and Senate today, a key component of the Republican jobs plan will be sent to the President for his signature. These significant trade pacts will provide new opportunities for American small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers to expand and hire more workers.  And frankly, it shouldn’t have taken this long for it to happen.  While a Democrat-controlled House sat idle, other nations expanded their trading ties, and American competitiveness suffered.  These common-sense agreements reverse that trend, level the playing field, and provide American job creators access to new customers and markets to sell their products.

“While this action means new jobs for the American people, more work must be done to achieve the level of private sector job growth America needs.  And these bills represent the type of permanent reform that must be our focus.  Americans are struggling with the results of a failed, short-sighted ‘stimulus’ approach.  To encourage robust and lasting private sector job growth we must listen to job creators and break down the government barriers that discourage investment in America.

“These job-creating bills show that, despite our differences, there is meaningful common ground among the two parties in Washington.  To put Americans back to work we must continue seeking out those areas in which we agree, rather than picking fights over those where we don’t.  For seeing these agreements through to the end, I want to thank President Obama, former President Bush, Chairman Camp, Chairman Brady, Chairman Dreier, and all the members of Congress who have worked in good faith to ensure they become law.”