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Rep. Brady: Trade Agreements Will Boost Houston Jobs

The free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives today.


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CapitolThe House is expected to ratify all three free trade agreements, originally signed under President Bush. Republican Kevin Brady, representing Texas’ Eighth Congressional District, chairs the House Trade Subcommittee.

“These three sales agreements are worth about 250,000 new jobs. Very critical for Texas. We have 3,000,000 jobs tied to trade. But probably the biggest benefactor will be the Houston-Southeast Texas region. We already have a lot of jobs, a quarter of a million jobs, tied to trade. This is going to increase those fairly significantly.”

If approved by the House, the FTAs will then move to the Senate for consideration. The Senate Finance Committee passed all three agreements on Tuesday.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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