Roby Votes on Job-Creating Trade Agreements

October 12, 2011
Press Release

Rep. Martha Roby delivered a statement today on the House floor regarding the Panama, Columbia and Korea Free Trade Agreements. The House of Representatives approved the trade agreements today.

“These Agreements will mean more export opportunities, access to raw materials at a lower cost for American manufacturing, and will make American companies and farmers more competitive in additional markets where they currently are faced with high tariffs,” said Roby.

A strong advocate for U.S. job creation, Roby voiced her support for the trade agreements, touting the positive impact each will have on job growth for Alabama and the nation.

“I believe that these provisions, along with Congress’ commitment to remain vigilant ensuring that the Administration continues to protect our domestic industries, . . . [are] critical to opening more opportunities to America’s manufacturing, business and agricultural [sectors]. I will continue to work to protect and promote jobs here in the United States and my home state of Alabama,” said Roby.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that the three agreements in total are expected to increase direct exports from Alabama alone by $22.8 million per year.

Roby stated that, while not perfect, the trade agreements represent a net positive for many local businesses. Roby continues to work with the House Ways and Means Committee to ensure that any industry in southeast Alabama negatively affected by the trade agreements is included in future legislation aimed at mitigating such hardship.