While President Obama has stated he wants the Free-Trade Agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia to be implemented as soon as possible, his actions do not support the objective. U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan,) shares his view on the delayed FTA’s in a recent interview with Mike Adams, Agri-Talk Radio host.
One of the hold-ups delaying implementation of the three trade deals is the controversial Trade Adjustment Assistance program which provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. Democrats in Congress have requested the TAA accompany implementation of the agreements.
While Huelskamp does not support TAA, he says he wants the trade agreements anyway. “These free-trade agreements are such big winners for agriculture I don’t care one way or the other (if TAA is included).
Further delaying the agreements allows foreign competitors to put their own agreements in place, effectively blocking the United States. “To delay (the FTAs) is costing the U,S, every day,” says Huelskamp.
Huelskamp is confident the agreements would be approved and implemented as soon as they are submitted for vote.