Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Failure to Pass Free Trade Agreements with Democratic Allies Results in Missed Opportunity to Create Jobs

Dec 17, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC-This week Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) supported the extension of the Andean Free Trade Preferences with Colombia, Peru and Ecuador and pledged his support to continue fighting for Free Trade Agreements with Colombia and Panama.  

“While the Andean Trade Preferences are important for economic development and help reduce drug trafficking in those countries, it is time to engage in bilateral trade with our allies in the region.  

“Long term free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama are ready to be signed and implemented and need nothing more than a go-ahead from Congress.  But Speaker Pelosi continues to block the agreements from coming to a floor vote.  Congress has ended yet another session without passing these agreements.

“At a time when Americans are losing their jobs and the economy is ailing, passing free trade agreements with our democratic allies is a common-sense way to create jobs in the U.S. and incentivize the economy while strengthening our relationship with these important partners in the region.    

“I will continue to push for free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama and strongly urge Speaker Pelosi to make this her first order of business upon return in the New Year,” said Diaz-Balart.