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U.S.-Colombia FTA News

(Daily News)
April 27, 2011

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is in the process of evaluating the documents it received last week from the Colombian government that outline the progress Colombia is making toward fulfilling its commitments under the Colombian labor action plan.


(Daily News)
April 20, 2011

In the face of opposition from unions in Colombia and the U.S. to the bilateral free trade agreement, a senior White House official this week highlighted a positive assessment by a Colombian labor rights monitoring group of the labor action plan meant to pave the way for a vote on the FTA.


(Daily News)
April 20, 2011

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today (April 20) strongly hinted that he would quickly notify Congress of USTR's willingness to begin technical work on the implementing bill for the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement once Colombia has met an April 22 deadline to take administrative steps to improve labor rights as laid out in a labor action plan.


(Daily News)
April 15, 2011

Fifteen House Democrats, including three members of the Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter today (April 15) to President Obama applauding his work in advancing the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement and underscoring their belief that the FTA is "important" for the United States.


(Daily News)
April 14, 2011

A bipartisan group of six House members, including Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), is planning to travel to Colombia next week to discuss the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement and other bilateral trade issues with government officials and representatives from Colombian unions, according to an informed source.


(Daily News)
April 11, 2011

The Obama administration could have the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement ready to send to Congress in the near future, but its vote has to fit into the president's broader trade agenda, according to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro.


(Daily News)
April 06, 2011

The U.S. and Colombia have reached agreement on a labor action plan under which Colombia will take steps in the short-term to change its labor laws and increase the protection of labor activists, a move which is meant to clear the way for the Obama administration submitting a bilateral free trade agreement to Congress.


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