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US trade deals with Panama, South Korea and Colombia harder to enact then they were to negotiate. Time running out

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Major US trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama appear harder to enact than they were to negotiate, even though many corporate executives and economists insist they provide just what the US economy needs: jobs.

The White House and the US Chamber of Commerce agree the trade deals will create tens of thousands of new jobs as American businesses hire to meet increased demand.

Yet as they did in fights over the budget and the debt ceiling, Congress and the White House have yet to show they can reach a consensus. And they are running out of time.

Original source: Minnesota Star Tribune