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Support FOR the KORUS FTA

 

Below are letters, statements and remarks in support of the KORUS FTA. To read letters sent to the Federal Register in response to the U.S. Trade Representative's request for comments on the KORUS FTA, please click here.
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Congressional Support

Opening Remarks, Chairman Ileana Ros-­Lehtinen, House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing: “Job Creation Made Easy: The Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements”, September 23, 2011

"At a time when millions of American families are struggling and so many people are looking for work, passage  of the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea should be a top priority for all of us. Merely by putting these agreements in the mail to Congress, the Administration would set in motion the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs, a major expansion of U.S. exports, and broad economic growth. And we can do so without hundreds of billions in new spending or higher deficits."

Statement by Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, Senate Committee on Finance Hearing, May 26, 2011
Statement by Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, Senate Committee on Finance Hearing, May 26, 2011
Testimonial by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing, April 7, 2011
Letter from 67 Republican Freshmen to Administration Urging Ratification of FTAs by July 1, 2011, March 1, 2011
KORUS FTA Congressional Statements Excerpts, January 7, 2011
Letter from Rep.Erik Paulsen and Rep.Dave Reichert to Members of Congress, Calling Attention to the Korea-EU FTA and Urging Swift Action on the KORUS FTA, October 8, 2010
July 30, 2010 Bipartisan Pro-KORUS Congressional Letter to President Obama Signed by 101 Members of the House, August 4, 2010
Letter from Rep. John A. Boehner(R-OH) to President Obama Urging Action on Pending FTAs, July 27, 2010
Letter from Democratic Senators Praising President Obama's KORUS FTA Push, July 20, 2010

This letter, signed by 10 key Democratic Senators, praises the President’s call for a prompt resolution of outstanding issues to the KORUS FTA.

Remarks by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at ECAT Press Conference Urging Approval of Pending Trade Agreements, July 14, 2010
Statement by Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) Applauding Creation of Bipartisan U.S.- South Korea Trade Agreement Working Group, June 30, 2010
Statement by Representative Charles Djou (R-HI): "Now is the Time for Free Trade Agreement With South Korea", June 28, 2010
New Democrat Coalition Statement in Support of President Obama’s Announcement on the KORUS FTA, June 28, 2010
Statement by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) Applauding President’s Call for Implementation of U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement by Year’s End, June 28, 2010
Statement by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) on Plans to Complete the Korea Free Trade Agreement, June 28, 2010
Statement by Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) in Support of President Obama’s Announcement on the KORUS FTA, June 26, 2010
Bipartisan Letter from Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to President Obama Urging Action on Pending FTAs, June 23, 2010

In a letter to President Obama, 50 members of the House of Representatives, call for action on the pending trade agreements. The letter details the key role U.S. exports play in boosting economic growth.

Letters from Reps. Skelton (D-MO), Moran (D-VA), Reyes (D-TX) to President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, Calling for Approval of Pending FTAs and Outlining Potential Benefits to the Agricultural Sector, May 11, 2010

This letter calls for approval of all three pending agreements, highlighting how each would lead increase U.S. agriculture exports and benefit the U.S. economy.

Bipartisan Letter from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 7, 2010

This letter from Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) to President Obama, expresses support for the KORUS FTA and urges the president to submit the agreement to Congress for approval as soon as possible.

Bipartisan Congressional Letter to President Obama from Senators, Highlighting Benefits of KORUS FTA to U.S. Agricultural Sector, January 29, 2010

This letter, signed by 18 Senators, highlights the benefits of the KORUS FTA and other pending agreements to the U.S. agricultural sector.

Bipartisan Congressional Letter to President Obama in Support of KORUS FTA, November 5, 2009

This letter, signed by 88 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urges President Obama to prepare the KORUS FTA for Congressional consideration.

Republican Leaders' Response to USTR Request for Comments on the KORUS FTA, September 15, 2009

Business Community Support

"National Sorghum Producers Pleased With Free Trade Agreement Submission to Congress", October 4, 2011

“We are extremely pleased to see President Obama send these long-standing free trade agreements to Congress for approval,” said NSP Chairman Terry Swanson of Walsh, Colo. “Currently, 40 percent of all U.S. sorghum enters the export market. "Passage of these agreements will create market access and open the door to new opportunities for U.S. sorghum producers."

"ACLI Urges Congress To Approve Free Trade Agreements", October 3, 2011

“ACLI is gratified that the administration has transmitted trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia to Congress for final approval. We hope Congress will vote quickly to implement these important pacts."

"PhRMA Applauds Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement Sent to Capitol Hill", October 3, 2011

“PhRMA is pleased that the Administration has transmitted the Korea Free Trade Agreement to Congress.  This agreement recognizes the 60 years of partnership between our two countries and the important national security ties that we share. PhRMA has long viewed the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement as an important opportunity for Korean patients to access biopharmaceutical medicines produced in the United States.  With rising living standards and increasingly sophisticated access to information, Korean patients, like patients everywhere, want access to the most advanced medical treatments."

Testimony of Drew Greenblatt, President & Owner, Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC, House Foreign Affairs Comm. Hearing on Pending FTAs, September 23, 2011

"....manufacturers need an international trade policy that opens global markets, reduces regulatory and tariff barriers and reduces distortions due to currency exchange rates, ownership restrictions and various 'national champion strategies.' Congress must enact pending trade agreements as soon as possible, and the Administration must negotiate additional agreements in the Asia-Pacific area and elsewhere.

Testimony Luis Arguello Sr. President & CEO of DemeTech Corporation, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on Pending FTAs, September 23, 2011

"I currently do not export to Colombia, Panama and Korea. . . .  The reason why I do not export to these countries is due to the extreme difficulty involved with exporting to these markets. The tariffs currently in place are extremely high, limiting our ability to be competitive and preventing us from breaking into these markets. The solution is to pass these three free trade agreements."

123 Agricultural Groups Tell Congress, Administration that FTA Delay is Costing Them Market Share, July 29, 2011
Business Coalition Urges Congressional Committees to Pass Pending Trade Agreements ASAP, July 6, 2011
Testimonial by Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association Errol Rice Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, Senate Committee on Finance Hearing, May 26, 2011
Testimonial by President and CEO of Varian Medical Systems Timothy Guertin Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, Senate Committee on Finance Hearing, May 26, 2011
Testimonial by Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Thomas Hubbard Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing, April 7, 2011
Testimonial by U.S.-Korea Council Chairman, President and CEO William Rhodes Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing, April 7, 2011
Testimonial by President and CEO of Profile Products LLC John Schoch Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing, April 7, 2011
Testimonial by President and CEO of Business Software Alliance Robert W. Holleyman, II, Urging Congressional Approval of KORUS FTA, House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing, April 7, 2011
Letter from Former U.S. Dignitaries to House and Senate Leadership Supporting KORUS FTA, April 7, 2011
Eight Former US Ag Secretaries Urge Congressional Passage of KORUS FTA, February 8, 2011

To Members of Congress:

In the near future you will be voting on legislation to implement the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). We strongly support this agreement, and we urge you to vote in favor of its implementation. U.S. farmers and ranchers and the businesses that support them – food processors, transporters and exporters – will all benefit from this agreement.

KORUS FTA Business Community Excerpts, January 7, 2011
Emergency Committee for American Trade Letter to the President Signed by CEOS of 12 Major U.S. Companies, July 14, 2010
U.S. Chamber of Congress Open Letter to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American People on Job Creation and Trade, July 14, 2010
42 Agricultural Associations Letter to House and Senate Leaders in Support of KORUS FTA, July 8, 2010
Letter from Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Expressing Concern Over Delay in Gaining Congressional Approval of the KORUS FTA, June 8, 2010

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Webb, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, expressed support for the KORUS FTA.

Technology Industry Association Letter to President Obama Urging Action on Pending FTAs, May 9, 2010
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Letter in Support of Action on KORUS FTA, May 1, 2010

Trade with Korea is the most pressing issue and serves as a model by which we could and should act with all of our trading partners around the world. I, as a producer, through our Beef Checkoff program have been spending my own money to keep our foot in the door in Korea and many other countries around the world, waiting and hoping to have the chance to some day actually get to sell my product, beef, to anxious consumers all around the globe. It doesn’t seem like much to invest a dollar a head for every animal we market. But over the course of years, if you market 10,000 a year, it gets to be $100,000—and to most of us that’s real money. And we as cattlemen expect a payoff for our investment, and the time for that payoff is now.

American Chamber of Commerce in Korea's Response to USTR Request for Comments on the KORUS FTA, September 14, 2009
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Deputy National Security Advisor Michael Froman, September 9, 2009
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Congress on FTA Consideration, November 17, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Trade Visibility Day Letter to Congress, September 10, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Chairman Rangel on Importance of FTA, August 25, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Chairman Baucus on Importance of FTA, August 5, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the Senate in Advance of President Lee's Visit, April 17, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the House in Advance of President Lee's Visit, April 17, 2008
U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Letter in Support of KORUS FTA, April 17, 2008
Joint U.S. Korea Business Council and Korea-U.S. Business Council Statement in Support of KORUS FTA, January 19, 2008
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the House in Support of KORUS FTA Signing, June 29, 2007
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the Senate in Support of KORUS FTA Signing, June 29, 2007
Joint U.S. Korea Business Council and Korea-U.S. Business Council Statement in Support of KORUS FTA, June 14, 2007
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Council Letter to Ambassador Schwab on Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, April 25, 2007
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the Senate on Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, April 25, 2007
U.S.-Korea FTA Business Coalition Letter to Members of the House on Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, April 25, 2007
Joint Business Community Letter to House Minority Leader in Support of Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, March 7, 2007
Joint Business Community Letter to House Minority Leader in Support of Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, March 7, 2007
Joint Business Community Letter to Senate Majority Leader in Support of Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, March 7, 2007
Joint Business Community Letter to Senate Minority Leader in Support of Conclusion of KORUS FTA Negotiations, March 7, 2007
Joint U.S. Korea Business Council and Korea-U.S. Business Council Letter to President Bush in Support of KORUS FTA, January 22, 2007
Joint U.S. Korea Business Council and Korea-U.S. Business Council Letter to President Roh in Support of KORUS FTA, January 22, 2007

Korean-American Community Support

Korean Legislators’ Letter to Vice President Biden in Support of KORUS FTA, February 25, 2010
Joint Korean Veterans Organizations Resolution in Support of KORUS FTA, December 3, 2009
Joint Resolution Korean-American Association of Northern Virginia, Washington Metropolitan Area and the Korean Society of Maryland in Support of KORUS FTA, September 12, 2008

 

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