Driving the Week Recap: Free Trade Agreements
The three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama have passed out of the House Rules Committee and are set for a vote next Wednesday.
At long last, we could have some real action in this country to create lasting jobs, without costing a penny to taxpayers. The trade agreements, along with an extension of the wasteful Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program will be sent to Congress.
At least the bills will be voted on separately. The trade agreements have been stalled, not only by Democrats who think the bills will hurt unions, but also because they wanted to attach the TAA bill to the trade agreements. This would have started a dangerous precedent, in which big-government spending bill be attached to trade agreements and considered under special legislative procedures.
Luckily, that won’t be happening this time.