The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama reached more than four years ago, sending the measures to the Senate for final votes tonight.
“We want America to compete and win, and today’s action shows our friends and allies around the world that America is leading again by resurrecting a robust trade agenda,” Representative Dave Camp, the Michigan Republican who leads the House Ways and Means Committee, said in an e-mailed statement.
The accords, reached under President George W. Bush and revised by the Obama administration, had been stymied in a stalemate with Republicans over aid for workers who lose their jobs to foreign competition. President Barack Obama submitted legislation on Oct. 3 after House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he would consider the worker assistance in tandem with the trade deals. The House voted 307-122 to pass the worker-aid legislation.