WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement regarding the Colombia trade agreement:
"I welcome the news that the Obama Administration has taken steps to move forward on the long-awaited trade deal with Colombia. I hope the Administration will work with the Congress to finalize this agreement to eliminate unnecessary barriers for American businesses and boost the economy. Increasing trade with Colombia will give American business owners the opportunity to increase their profits, expand hiring and compete with their foreign counterparts. Along with Colombia, I am hopeful that the Obama Administration acknowledges the bipartisan support in Congress and works to quickly to finalize the pending trade agreements with Panama and South Korea to spur our nation's long-term economic recovery and create jobs.
"I commend Chairman Camp and the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman Graves and the House Small Business Committee for their leadership in convening hearings to discuss these essential trade agreements. Trade is critical to our nation's economic growth, and an essential element of House Republicans' economic growth agenda to allow businesses to expand, compete and lead at home and abroad."