Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Congress Must Pass Free Trade Agreement with Colombia - Free Trade with Free Nations Benefits All Partie

Feb 28, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— This week Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) supported the extension of trade provisions with Andean nations and pledged his support to continue fighting for a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia.  He made the following statement:

“I support free trade with free and democratic nations and will continue advocating passage of the agreement with Colombia, one of our greatest and strongest allies in the region.  I am very pleased that the House passed a temporary extension of Andean Trade Preferences.  Since its inception, this provision has brought forth economic alternatives for workers in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia and ensured growth, while allowing us to work on long term agreements. 

“Free trade with free peoples strengthens democracies and our allies in the region. It creates jobs and economic opportunities here in the U.S. and no one benefits more from free trade with Latin America than the Hispanic community in our country,” said Diaz-Balart.