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    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    President Bush finally sent the Colombian free-trade deal to Congress today … just in time for it to qualify for fast track status. Congress now has 90 days to vote up or down on the deal. Trade with Colombia faces stiff opposition in the Democrat controlled Congress. Just a decade … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    With rumors swirling that President Bush will submit the Colombia Free Trade deal to Congress Tuesday, Presdient Alvaro Uribe sat for interview with the Wall Street Journal. When told that Barack Obama opposed the deal citing violence against unions, Uribe replied: I deplore that Sen. Obama, apparently because he wants … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day comes from Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and CEO Glenn Hamer who examines the benefits of trade with Colombia for Arizona but first notes: “Things are upside down in this country when the U.S. aids Hugo Chavez and hurts a Latin … More

    Morning Bell: How Congress Can Help Finish Off the FARC

    When Congress returns from spring break March 31, President Bush is likely to send the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Capitol Hill, triggering an up or down vote on the deal within 90 days. If Congress can put aside its fealty to Big Labor, then the trade deal will easily … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    When Congress returns from spring recess, the Bush Administration is set to make a final push for passage of a the U.S.- Colombia free trade agreement. Last week, the White House put out a fact sheet on the deal including this paragraph on the benefits of the deal: A U.S.-Colombia … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Since the President’s window for submitting the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress in time to trigger a vote is rapidly shrinking, today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day will focus on the consequences of what will happen if protectionist forces win in Congress. From CATO’s Center for Trade Policy … More

    Big Labor Ignores Free Trade Proponents

    Upon their return from Colombia, People’s Weekly World reported that a delegation led by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez Thompson “met with leaders of the major Colombian labor federations who told them they were opposed” to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) because of “the harmful effects the deal … More

    Free Trade Essential for Economic Growth

    In his final State of the Union address, the President not only raised the politically contentious issue of making tangible progress on advancing pending free trade initiatives, but also highlighted the importance of freer trade in helping America weather today’s economic turbulence and in promoting American competitiveness in the future. … More

    Trade and Peace in Colombia

    The President made a good case for congressional approval of the three pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and their nearly 100 million customers. It was smart to frame the issue in terms of the many benefits these agreements will give to American workers “to compete with … More