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NFTC Statement on Presidentís Job Agenda
Date: 9/9/2011
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – Following President Obama's address to the U.S. Congress this evening, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) welcomed the President's mention of the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) as important to job creation.

The NFTC released the following statement:

"With all three trade agreements inked more than four years ago, and the lapse of TAA and ATPA in February, and GSP in December, we are pleased the President has recognized the importance of moving the trade agreements forward as part of his jobs agenda. However, it is now time to stop talking about the merits of the agreements – it is time for action. We urge the Administration and Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to advance the trade agenda in the coming weeks."

"The FTAs, TAA and the preference programs are important factors in helping to boost the economy and getting Americans back to work. Each piece of trade-related legislation has a significant role to play in increasing U.S. exports and supporting and creating jobs in America. It is due time for action to begin on all of these fronts."

"Politics have gotten in the way of good policy for far too long and now is the time to do what's in the best interest of the American people and our economy."

About NFTC
Advancing Global Commerce for Nearly A Century- The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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