Colombia FTA Update

Argemiro Joaquin Maza Contreras was forced from his home in Colombia by violence. (MCC Photo/Silas Crews)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement on passing the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama. Passage of the trade pacts were at an impasse when congressional leaders could not agree on passing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which would aid U.S. workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. Yesterday’s announcement clears the way for ratification.

The MCC Washington Office has advocated for stopping passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement due to its potential impact on Colombian small farmers and potential increase in violence against labor leaders and minority groups.

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