If the long-delayed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are to receive approval by Congress, it will require additional action by President Obama, according to House Speaker John Boehner.

"We can move pretty quickly but it's going to take help by the president as well. I believe a lot of work will have to be done with our own members," Boehner said, according to a Reuters report.

The Colombia agreement is generally seen as the most controversial of the three trade deals because of a history of violence against union workers there. A large portion of Democrats are likely to vote against the pacts.

"The president is going to have to be out there as well talking about the importance of these three agreements. We hope to have them finished by the August recess," Boehner said.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told reporters that he was optimistic Congress would pass the three trade deals with "good bipartisan support." After striking side deals to address outstanding concerns about each of the three trade pacts, the Obama administration now has "agreements that we think are going to garner good bipartisan support," Kirk said.

The trade agreements were signed during the administration of President George W. Bush but require approval by Congress before implementation.


Source: Reuters