On Monday, President Obama sent three pending trade agreements to Congress after months of delays and political wrangling.
Most, but not all agricultural organizations have supported the agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea and pushed for their passage. Their responses to the action this week range from cautious optimism to staunch opposition. And of course, in spite of this week’s progress and bipartisan support for the agreements in Congress, there are no guarantees the FTAs will come to fruition in today’s political climate.
NCBA has supported the agreements and expressed muted optimism this week.
“Today marks the biggest leap forward we have seen in nearly five years when the trade pact with Colombia was signed,” said NCBA president and Montana rancher Bill Donald. “Rural America is nearing a historic moment. These three agreements will create roughly 250,000 jobs right here in the United States and increase profitability for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers.”