Washington, DC – In reaction to the Speaker’s decision to remove the timetable from the consideration of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Bill Reinsch released the following statement:
“The U.S.-Colombia FTA should be considered by Congress on its merits. It is a carefully crafted agreement that will open markets and expand opportunities for American workers. It will also bring increased stability and economic growth to the region at a critical time in its history. NFTC members employ tens of thousands of American workers whose livelihoods depend on the Administration and Congress working through their differences to open new markets for American goods and services and to develop an American workforce well equipped to succeed in the global economy.
“It’s time for both sides to stop playing ‘gotcha’ and return to the bipartisanship that has maintained the integrity of the fast track process that has advanced our economy for thirty years. The stakes are too high to walk away from this challenge.”