Original Press Release
NAM Statement on Unanimous Vote for Peru Agreement
Press release date: September 25, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2007 - Following the House Ways and Means Committee's unanimous passage by voice vote of the U.S-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement today, the National Association of Manufacturers' President and CEO John Engler issued the following statement:
Today's unanimous voice vote shows that the committee understands the benefits of this trade agreement and the merits of the May 10 bipartisan trade policy agreement.
The strong leadership of Chairman Charlie Rangel and Ranking Member Jim McCrery provides a clear example for the rest of the House to follow when the Peru agreement reaches the floor for a final vote. As Chairman Rangel points out, the committee has 'an opportunity to break the polarization and go into a bipartisan agreement asking: "is this good for the United States of America?"' All members of the House should embrace the overwhelmingly bipartisan nature of the committee's vote. It reflects the importance of trade to America's economy and reaffirms my belief that the May 10 agreement was a key factor in incorporating the concerns that some members of Congress have with regard to trade. I look forward to a strong majority voting in favor of the Peru trade agreement. This is the start of a robust trade agenda and we look for quick, bipartisan action on our pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea.
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