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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 9, 2008

Just the Facts: Ensuring a Vote on the U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement
President Bush Sends Congress Legislation To Implement U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, Urges Bipartisan Support

"For the last 16 months, we've worked with congressional leaders to set a schedule for the consideration of the Colombian free trade agreement. While we'll continue to work closely with Congress, the need for this agreement is too urgent – the stakes for our national security are too high – to allow this year to end without a vote. By statute, Congress has 90 legislative days to complete action once I transmit a bill implementing this agreement. Waiting any longer to send up the legislation would run the risk of Congress adjourning without the agreement ever getting voted on."
– President George W. Bush, 4/7/08

For Over A Year, The President And His Administration Have Reached Out To The House And Senate Leadership To Build A Bipartisan Path For Consideration Of The Agreement:

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Has Received Overwhelming Support From Outside Sources:


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