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National Cattlemen's Collin Woodall says the US-Korea deal is key to meeting trade challenges from
Australia and others. "We take what are the current 40 per cent tariffs on our product…we take that down to
zero, over 15 years." Without the Korea deal, US beef could lose market gains made in the recovery from US
mad cow cases in 2003. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Uniqueness – SKFTA Will Pass Now – AT – Trade Adjustment
Assistance Prevents (1/2)
SKFTA passing – compromise on TAA now
Hoover, BizJournals Washington Bureau, 6/28/11
(Kent, “A Moment of Truth on Trade”, http://www.portfolio.com/business-news/2011/06/28/trade-deals-moveforward-obama-administration-national-export-strategy-2011, 7.2.11, SWolff)
President Obama got some good news today regarding his goal to double U.S. exports by 2015: A deal
has been reached to advance three long-stalled free trade agreements. The Obama administration agreed
to submit trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress in return for legislation that
would extend assistance to workers who lose their jobs as a result of globalization. “President Obama has
fought for an ambitious trade agenda that doubles exports in five years, levels the playing field for American
workers and reflects American values,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “As part of that
agenda, he has fought for Trade Adjustment Assistance for those American workers who lose their jobs due
to increased imports or outsourcing. As a result of extensive negotiations, we now have an agreement on
the underlying terms for a meaningful renewal of a strengthened TAA.” “Now it is time to move
forward with TAA and with the Korea, Colombia and Panama trade agreements, which will support
tens of thousands of jobs.” Business groups have been urging quick passage of these trade deals, which
will reduce tariffs in these countries on imports from the U.S. “For members of Congress who care about
American jobs, this is a moment of truth,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce. “I urge members of both parties to seize a reasonable compromise and move the trade agenda
forward. The time to act is now.” The trade deal with South Korea alone is expected to increase U.S.
exports by $11 billion a year. This agreement will produce more economic growth in the U.S. than all of the
nation’s last nine trade agreements combined, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. The
Colombian trade deal is expected to increase U.S. exports by more than $1 billion a year. Panama,
meanwhile, is one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies. Some groups, however, contend the trade
deals will be bad for American workers. “For most Americans, what’s newsworthy is not that the
administration is pushing Trade Adjustment Assistance, which effectively is a job burial insurance program,
but that pushing a deal on TAA is being used as political cover to move more...
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