Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Congressional Hispanic Conference Urges President to Get Serious about Free Trade with Our Hemisphere's Democracies

Jan 28, 2010
Press Release
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Chair
- For Immediate Release -


WASHINGTON, DC-Today CHC Chair Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart urged President Obama to get serious about Free Trade with Colombia and Panama, following yet another promise in his State of the Union Address.  

“I am glad that President Obama mentioned his intent to engage in free trade with our allies such as Colombia and Panama.  Free trade with free and democratic allies is an immediate and cost-free way to create jobs here at home and that is why these agreements must be a priority.  

“It is unfortunate, however, that the President has shown no leadership on the issue thus far.  Over and over we have been promised the passage of Free Trade Agreements with these nations, but the Democratic leadership has yet to bring them forth for a vote on the House floor.  

“I urge President Obama to insist that his party leaders, who control of the Congressional agenda, bring forth the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia and Panama,” said Diaz-Balart.  

The Congressional Hispanic Conference is comprised of Members of Congress and works to promote the interests and preferred policy outcomes of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.  Contact: Adriana Pereira at 202-225-2778.