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Manufacturers Comment on FTAs to emphasize jobs and growth.

Press Release Summary:

June 30, 2011 - In his statement which followed Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus' (D-MT) announcement on markup of pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers are pleased...because these agreements will bring job growth and economic expansion." Timmons also commented that "Moving the FTAs forward in an expedited fashion is critical" and urged White House and Congress "to move ahead with the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea agreements."

National Association of Manufacturing - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

Manufacturers: FTAs Need to Move Quickly for Jobs and Growth

Press release date: June 28, 2011

Cooperation on Trade Will Strengthen our Economy Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement today after the announcement from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus (D-MT) on the markup of the pending trade agreements: "Manufacturers are pleased that the conversation on pending free trade agreements (FTAs) continues among policymakers because these agreements will bring job growth and economic expansion. Moving the FTAs forward in an expedited fashion is critical to manufacturers who cede market share to their overseas competitors each day that these barriers exist. Manufacturers call on the White House and Congress to move ahead with the Colombia, Panama and South Korea agreements, and are hopeful that a bipartisan, bicameral solution is reached quickly with the Administration. At a time when our economy is struggling to regain its footing, the agreements should be approved quickly so that we can see new markets opened and, most importantly, begin filling the 100,000 new jobs they will create." -NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit


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