|00:00:00||MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING THIS ISSUE SINCE THE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN IN 2004.|
|00:00:06||TIME AND TIME AGAIN ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR WE'VE HAD VERY RIGOROUS DEBATE ON THESE AGREEMENTS.|
|00:00:12||AND I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE WE DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.|
|00:00:17||WHAT THIS MEASURE DOES, MR.|
|00:00:19||SPEAKER, IS IT ELIMINATES THE BARRIER FOR UNION AND NONUNION WORKERS AND FARMERS IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS.|
|00:00:29||ON AUGUST 15, ON AUGUST 15 COLOMBIA, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE NOTHING, I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 0 SECONDS, MR.|
|00:00:36||ON AUGUST 15, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE NOTHING, OUR COLOMBIAN FRIENDS NEGOTIATED A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE CANADIANS.|
|00:00:42||WITH OUR GOOD FRIENDS TO THE NORTH, THE CANADIANS.|
|00:00:45||AND GUESS WHAT, MR.|
|00:00:48||IN LITERALLY ONE MONTH THERE WAS AN 18.|
|00:00:52||5% INCREASE IN CANADIAN WHEAT EXPORTS TO COLOMBIA.|
|00:00:56||THIS IS THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY THAT WE'VE BEEN PREVENTED FROM HAVING AND WE'VE BEEN DEBATING THIS FOR FIVE YEARS.|
|00:01:01||IT'S HIGH TIME THAT WE VOTE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO, AFTER HOURS OF DEBATE, BOTH TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.|
|00:01:07||WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF|
Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself 30 seconds to say to my friend that we have been debating this issue since the negotiations began in 2004. Time and time again on this House floor, we've had very rigorous debates on these agreements. And I will acknowledge, we do have problems with job creation and economic growth.
What this measure does, Mr. Speaker, is it eliminates the barrier for union and nonunion workers and farmers in this country to have access to new markets.