- WSJ: US Secy Locke: Colombia Trade Pact Not Likely Ratified In '09. "The U.S. Congress won't likely ratify a free trade agreement with Colombia this year as it's currently focusing on health care reform and energy-related legislation, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday."
- Miami Herald: U.S. Trade Representative: free trade agreements underway with Panama and Colombia. "Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas Everett Eissenstat told a crowd at the Americans Conference that work was progressing on free trade agreements with both Panama and Colombia, though 'less tangible' concerns about violence and impunity in Colombia have yet to be fully resolved."
And USTR's response to the billions in needless tariffs and the Colombians' humbling efforts? Ummmmm...
Speaking Thursday [Sept. 24, 2009] at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Town Hall on Capitol Hill, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk stressed the importance of passing health insurance reform. Reforming the health care system is a trade priority - because American businesses and workers can't take full advantage of job-creating trade opportunities as long as our health care system drains their resources. Health reform will help to grow America's global economic competitiveness.Oh, right. That makes perfect sense.
(Please note extreme sarcasm and disgust.)