Republican members of Congress are calling on President Obama to make good on his call for doubling U.S. exports in five years, saying that the president should send the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to Congress for a vote as soon as possible.
In his State of the Union address, the president announced that the administration was launching a National Export Initiative to help farmers and small businesses increase their exports and urged reform of current U.S. export controls consistent with national security.
Obama also committed the United States to the World Trade Organization's Doha Round negotiations; beefed up trade relations with Asia-Pacific markets; and support for stronger trade ties with three countries with which the United States has negotiated free trade agreements: South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
However, GOP lawmakers have called on the president to translate his words into actions. Each of the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama faces its own obstacles to congressional passage.