Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

It's about time, Mr. President

Oct 3, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after President Barack Obama sent the long-delayed free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress. Diaz-Balart comments:

“After stalling the three trade agreements for years and falsely blaming Congress for inaction during his Midwest bus tour; President Obama has finally sent the deals to Congress for approval. These agreements will not only get Americans back to work but also demonstrates solidarity with our democratic allies, Colombia, Panama and South Korea. In my state of Florida, the Colombia agreement alone will create over 6,400 jobs and increase exports by $500 million annually – without costing taxpayers a single penny.

“Our competitors, like China are not wasting time as they continue to expand their markets and invest in Latin America. As a result, U.S. businesses have lost market share and the thousands of jobs that go along with it. It was about time the President sent these common-sense deals to Congress. They deserve swift passage in Congress, with bipartisan support.”