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SKFTA Won’t Pass—Empirically Denied

Voice of America 7/21(http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/US-Trade-Deals-Delayed-
125976953.html, US Trade Deals Delayed)

The Obama administration has confirmed that it will delay sending free trade agreements with Colombia,
Panama and South Korea to Congress until lawmakers return from a scheduled August recess. The White House
and Republicans disagree over a program designed to help Americans who lose their jobs to overseas competition. Putting the
three trade deals into effect has been a White House priority almost since President Barack Obama took
office in January 2009. His predecessor, President George W. Bush, reached the agreements with Colombia, Panama and South
Korea. Since then, the Obama administration has linked the deals with its efforts to revitalize the sluggish economic recovery, as the
president said on July 8. “Today, Congress can advance trade agreements that will help businesses sell more American-made goods
and services to Asia and South America, supporting thousands of jobs here at home. That could be done right now,” Obama
said.repkowill@msu.edu




SKFTA Won’t Pass- Opponents Gaining Momentum
Inside U.S. Trade 7/22(http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/,
LABOR UNIONS SEE BENEFIT IN FTA DELAY UNTIL AFTER AUGUST RECESS)


Union opponents  of the three pending free trade agreements are reacting positively to the decision by
the White House to hold off on submitting the implementing bills for the FTAs until after the August recess
since the delay will give them more time to build opposition to the FTAs , according to labor sources. The AFL-
CIO and its affiliates will now have a chance to make their case for opposition directly to lawmakers who return to their districts for
the August recess, in addition to continuing efforts in Washington, they said. Sen. Rob Portman Enhanced Coverage Linking Sen. Rob
Portman (R-OH) complained about this same point during a July 20 speech to the Washington International Trade Association.
Portman, who supports the FTAs, argued that they will be harder to pass in the fall in part due to the
fact that FTA opponents would have more time to build opposition over the August recess. By mid-
week, the White House had not directly informed U.S. unions of its decision to hold off on submitting the FTAs, according to a labor
source. South Korean ambassador Han Duk-soo told Inside U.S. Trade that he had not received formal notification either. Union
opponents of the FTAs are mainly focused on pressing House Democrats to oppose the FTAs,
although their efforts may also target senators and House Republicans, sources said. One labor source
stressed that district-level action has proven to be effective at building opposition to the FTAs. He cited a recent protest outside the
district office of Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) that apparently convinced the congressman to oppose the Colombia FTA. Altmire, a
member of the New Democrat Coalition, is considered a moderate Democrat and it was not a "foregone conclusion" that he would
oppose the Colombia deal, this source said. Besides allowing more time to gin up opposition in the districts, the
delay has two additional benefits for labor groups, according to this source. First, some opponents of the
Colombia FTA view a delay for even a few additional months as a victory in itself, given that the
Colombia deal has already been successfully delayed for five years . Second, this source said the delay
could complicate the implementation of the FTAs because it could potentially allow more time for
opposition to build within FTA partner countries. He cited the fact that the South Korean government has recently
faced more intense opposition from some Korean lawmakers to the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement. While admitting that the
same thing was unlikely to happen in Colombia, this source said any delay in the Korea FTA could have
repercussions for the other trade deals since it is the most economically and politically significant of
the three. In a related development, the offices of three congressional opponents of the FTAs are
sponsoring staff-level briefings this week on Capitol Hill on the human rights situation in Colombia .
The office of Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) was scheduled to hold a briefing on the protection of human rights and rights defenders
in Colombia on July 21, while the offices of Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Michael Michaud (D-ME) organized a similar briefing
slated for today.
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SKFTA Will Pass- Popular With Republicans

Associated Press 7/22(http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/,
Republicans clear way for worker aid, trade bills)

A dozen Senate Republicans say they have cleared the way for legislation to help workers displaced by foreign
competition, possibly removing the main obstacle to approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama
and Colombia. The Obama administration supports the trade deals, but says they must be linked to extension of expired sections of the
Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The GOP senators, in a letter to President Barack Obama, said they can assure
passage of the worker aid bill by joining Democrats in moving it past any filibuster hurdles. Their support,
while welcomed by the administration, may be too late for Congress to act on the aid and trade bills this summer. Congress is
scheduled to leave for its summer recess on Aug. 6, and is likely to be preoccupied until then in resolving the crisis over raising the
government's debt limit to avoid a first-ever U.S. default. Administration officials said earlier this week that the Obama administration
might delay sending final legislation on the three trade deals until September. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio,
said Friday that their Republican group would provide more than enough votes to ensure Senate passage of a stand-alone, compromise
version of the worker assistance bill. Blunt said he had been working with his House and Senate colleagues for five years to find a
way to advance the three trade agreements. "Today we have that path forward," he said. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which like
other business groups has been pressing Congress and the White House to act on the trade deals, praised the 12 Republicans for
working to end the impasse. "With our economic recovery stalling, we need to move now on these job-
creating trade agreements," said the Chamber's president and CEO, Thomas J. Donohue. The Obama administration is behind
the trade deals, which have been pending since the George W. Bush administration, but has said that Congress must at the same time
act to extend expired sections of the four-decade-old program to assist workers hurt by foreign competition with financial and
retraining aid. House and Senate Republicans critical of the expense of the assistance program have said that legislation to extend it
must be separate from votes on the trade bills. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he was committed to
working with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., "to ensure a fair floor process for my members so they have an opportunity to try
to amend a stand-alone Trade Adjustment Assistance bill separate from the three free trade agreements. That way, if the
administration can generate the votes it needs, the TAA bill will pass on its merits." McConnell acknowledged that he didn't expect
this to happen before the August recess. In the House, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, which
has jurisdiction over trade, said in a statement that he applauded the Senate Republicans for their approach to the worker aid bill and
the trade deals. He repeated his promise to have his committee vote on both on the same day if the administration submits the trade
agreements separately from the TAA bill.

SKFTA Will Pass- Officials Urging in South Korea
Asia Pulse 7/21 (http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, KOREA-U.S
FTA MUST PASS THROUGH PARLIAMENT NEXT MONTH: OFFICIAL)
South Korea's ruling party leader stressed Thursday the free trade agreement with the U.S. must pass
through parliament next month, saying the long-pending deal will face greater difficulties unless it's approved in the upcoming
extraordinary session.Rep. Hong Joon-pyo of the Grand National Party made the remark in a policy meeting with the administration
and the presidential office, saying the accord will face greater obstacles starting in September as rival parties fight over the national
budget and other domestic political issues."However good the policies of the Lee Myung-bak administration are, they
will be of no use unless the National Assembly finalizes them," Hong said during the meeting, asking the
government and the presidential office to make greater efforts to help persuade opposition parties. The trade agreement, signed
in 2007 and supplemented last December, has been awaiting approval from the legislatures of the two
countries.




Bipartisan Favor for delay of SKFTA
Page 7/21 [Julie Page with the Associated Press “AP source: Obama delays work on trade pacts”
http://www.trove.com/channel/search/content/UFIP4]
A person familiar with the situation says President Barack Obama will delay sending final legislation on three key free
trade agreements to Congress until after lawmakers return from their August recess.The person says administration
officials were prepared to send the agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Capitol Hill this week. But they say
congressional leaders from both parties asked the administration to hold off until September given
the all-consuming negotiations taking place on the national debt and deficit.The White House said
Wednesday that it was still in active discussions with Congress over how to proceed with the trade pacts.The person with knowledge
of the situation spoke on the condition of anonymity because the delay has not been formally announced.
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                                    Debt Ceiling Neg
Debt Ceiling will pass by end of week without Obama losing any political
capital.

Republicans want to avoid and will give Obama more political capital when
passed
Hardnen 7/21
(Toby, UK newspaper The Telegraph editor, “US debt crisis: Barack Obama and
Republicans 'close to deal'”,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/8653369/US-debt-crisis-Barack-Obama-and-
Republicans-close-to-deal.html,7/21/11)
A deal could be a boost for Mr Obama, who was elected on promises of
transforming Washington and ending political gridlock in the American capital. It
would also prevent Republicans from being accused of ruining the country's
economy for ideological reasons.


Debt Ceiling going to pass
Hardnen 7/21
(Toby, UK newspaper The Telegraph editor, “US debt crisis: Barack Obama and
Republicans 'close to deal'”,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/8653369/US-debt-crisis-Barack-Obama-and-
Republicans-close-to-deal.html,7/21/11)
US President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress are close to brokering a
$3 trillion deal that would lift the national debt ceiling and avert a catastrophic
financial default, the White House told Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill last
night.

Debt Ceiling does not sap capital and will pass soon
Allen &Raju 7/20
(Jonothan& Manu, Politico journalists with extensive experience and Allen has a
degree from Maryland, “Debt ceiling talks see Senate, House GOP go separate
ways”, Politico.com, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59525.html, 7/20/11)
Whether it’s the top two Senate leaders’ plan to avert a debt crisis or the recently
resurrected Gang of Six framework, most senators have shown interest in the kind
of bipartisan compromise that provides political cover to all involved. But House
Republicans leaped further to the right this week, endorsing a Cut, Cap and
Balance bill that attracted just five Democratic votes. Some are clamoring for a
vote on a balanced-budget amendment that’s a nonstarter in the Democratic-
controlled Senate — and could prove an embarrassing failure on the House floor.
House Republican insiders acknowledge that passage of a bipartisan Senate plan
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would put enormous pressure on them to follow suit or get blamed for any ensuing
economic calamity. But most House Republicans aren’t ready to move off their
mark, forcing House GOP leaders to begin to seriously contemplate a short-term
solution to the impending default on the nation’s debt “I understand what they’re
trying to do. I believe that they’re convinced that they’re carrying out the mandate
[of the 2010 election],” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “The polling data
indicates Americans don’t want the government shut down. … I hope [House
Republicans] would be instructed by what happened in 1995.”



Debt Ceiling will Pass republicans want to avoid backlash
Allen &Raju 7/20
(Jonothan& Manu, Politico journalists with extensive experience and Allen has a
degree from Maryland, “Debt ceiling talks see Senate, House GOP go separate
ways”, Politico.com, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59525.html, 7/20/11)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been warning his troops
that a default could “destroy” the Republican brand and ultimately lead to a
second term for Obama.


Still time to pass Debt Ceiling
Addington 7/22
(David S., On Dick Cheney’s Counsel, “Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing
Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the
President”,http://blog.heritage.org/2011/07/22/abdication-senate-votes-to-do-
nothing-unless-it-can-hike-taxes-for-the-president, 7/22/11)
A week is still plenty of time to pass legislation to get the spending-cut job done. The time to put
America on the path to driving down federal spending and borrowing, while preserving our ability to
protect America, and without raising taxes, is now.
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                                     Debt Ceiling Aff

Obama Spending all political capital
Reuters 7/20
(Reuters, “US debt talks get messy”,Khaleej times online,
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/Displayarticle09.asp?section=todaysfeatures&xfile=data/todaysfeatures/2011
/July/todaysfeatures_July39.xml, 7/20/11)
Lawmakers have been scrambling to find a solution, and there is no single plan.
The best option remains the one first billed as a backup, which passes
responsibility, authority and potentially blame for raising the debt ceiling to
President Barack Obama.
Debt Ceiling will not pass Senate and house disagreement blocking all other
bills
Allen &Raju 7/20
(Jonothan& Manu, Politico journalists with extensive experience and Allen has a
degree from Maryland, “Debt ceiling talks see Senate, House GOP go separate
ways”, Politico.com, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59525.html, 7/20/11)
Earlier this year, Senate Republicans mostly marched in lock step with their House
counterparts, but lately they’ve been following their own beat — a change that
leaves the House GOP isolated.Close friends of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
say they sympathize with the difficulty he faces pleasing his rank-and-file
members and working to strike a deal. “I think John is in a very tough position,”
said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), a frequent dinner companion of Boehner’s
and co-author of the Gang of Six plan. “Politics being what it is today and people
staking out positions like they’ve staked out — it’s making it very, very tough on
all of us.” The fractures among Republicans — mirrored by those among
Democrats — aren’t all along the divide between the chambers. Each caucus has
its own set of divisions.Senate Republican divisions were laid bare at a closed-
door lunch of the conservative Steering Committee on Wednesday, where
lawmakers aired a wide range of views on how they should proceedafter a Senate
vote on the House’s Cut, Cap and Balance bill fails, attendees later said. No
resolution was reached


Debt Ceiling won’t pass rejection of amendments and hurts Obama’s political
capital
Addington 7/22
(David S., On Dick Cheney’s Counsel, “Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing
Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the
President”,http://blog.heritage.org/2011/07/22/abdication-senate-votes-to-do-
nothing-unless-it-can-hike-taxes-for-the-president, 7/22/11)
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Now that the Senate has voted to do nothing to address the overspending crisis,
conservatives must keep the liberals’ feet to the fire and not let them put off yet
again finding a solution to federal overspending and overborrowing. Congress
should not raise the debt limit without getting spending under control. Earlier this
week, the House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, to get
federal spending under control and balance the budget. That legislation passed
with 234 votes in the House. The House is a legislative body, and it has legislated. The House
has done its job. In contrast, the Senate is a legislative body that has failed to do its job. So far, the
Senate has come up with lots of bad plans, but no votes. The Senate plans that have cropped up in the
last week — the McConnell-Reid “Just Borrow More” Plan, the Coburn Plan with
its tax hikes, and the Gang-of-Six Plan with its tax hikes — have among them
exactly zero votes, because the Senate has not voted on any of them. Today, the
Senate voted 51 to 46 to not even consider the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance bill, even though
two-thirds of Americans, according to the CNN Poll dated July 21, support such legislation. The
Obama Administration chimed in that, even if the Senate passed the bill, the President would veto it
anyway. Therefore, if, ten days from now, America fails temporarily to meet its obligations because
the Treasury lacks sufficient money to pay them when due, the responsibility for that failure falls
squarely upon President Obama and the Senate liberals, who let it happen because they wanted
to raise taxes. Conservativeshave commendably pursuedlegislation to ensure that the
government pays its most important obligations first when the Treasury has a
shortage of money to pay all its bills, but even on that liberals have been no help
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                                   Uniqueness-Will Pass
Will pass—Obama will submit it with TAA
Martin, 7/15, (Eric, San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2011, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/14/bloomberg1376-LOCMQI6JIJVB01-
2F69DOSS1QURS6R3UQV6H3LRBN.DTL, “Daley Says Obama May Submit Korea Trade Bill With
Worker Aid”, ky)
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- White House Chief of Staff William Daley said the Obama administration may
send Congress a bill for a South Korea free-trade agreement that includes worker aid "very soon"
unless lawmakers present an alternative for renewing the expired program. The Senate Finance
Committee supported draft legislation last week for the trade accord over opposition from
Republicans, who objected to its extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance. The House Ways and
Means Committee endorsed a South Korea bill without the aid attached, and Chairman Dave Camp of
Michigan led Republicans in defeating an amendment that would have added the assistance to a Panama
trade deal instead. "We can no longer wait," Daley said yesterday at a U.S.- Korea Business Council dinner
in Washington. "If there is no agreement on an alternative approach in the very near future, we will
move forward to seek passage of the FTA with TAA. There is no time to waste playing politics as
usual."Last week's hearings were "mock markups" that let lawmakers give the president their views on
free-trade deals before he submits them formally under fast-track rules that prohibit amendments and
provide for a yes-or-no vote. Republicans "have yet to present a credible alternative to getting this
legislation passed in a timely fashion," Daley said. "If we do not act before the August recess,
American businesses will suffer."The Obama administration is pushing for passage of the free-trade
agreement and those with Colombia and Panama that were reached under President George W. Bush.


Will pass—Republicans support TAA
Abrams, 7/22 (Jim, Associated Press, June 22, 2011,
http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, “Republicans clear way for worker
aid, trade bills”, lexisnexis, ky)
A dozen Senate Republicans say they have cleared the way for legislation to help workers displaced by
foreign competition, possibly removing the main obstacle to approval of free trade agreements with
South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The Obama administration supports the trade deals, but says they
must be linked to extension of expired sections of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The GOP
senators, in a letter to President Barack Obama, said they can assure passage of the worker aid bill by
joining Democrats in moving it past any filibuster hurdles.A dozen Senate Republicans say they have
cleared the way for legislation to help workers displaced by foreign competition, possibly removing
the main obstacle to approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The
Obama administration supports the trade deals, but says they must be linked to extension of expired
sections of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The GOP senators, in a letter to President
Barack Obama, said they can assure passage of the worker aid bill by joining Democrats in moving it
past any filibuster hurdles. Their support, while welcomed by the administration, may be too late for
Congress to act on the aid and trade bills this summer. Congress is scheduled to leave for its summer
recess on Aug. 6, and is likely to be preoccupied until then in resolving the crisis over raising the
government's debt limit to avoid a first-ever U.S. default. Administration officials said earlier this week
that the Obama administration might delay sending final legislation on the three trade deals until
September. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Friday that their Republican
group would provide more than enough votes to ensure Senate passage of a stand-alone, compromise
version of the worker assistance bill. Blunt said he had been working with his House and Senate
colleagues for five years to find a way to advance the three trade agreements. "Today we have that
path forward," he said.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which like other business groups has been
pressing Congress and the White House to act on the trade deals, praised the 12 Republicans for
working to end the impasse. "With our economic recovery stalling, we need to move now on these
job-creating trade agreements," said the Chamber's president and CEO, Thomas J. Donohue.
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SKFTA needs to pass now in South Korea before budget debates
Asia Pulse, 7/21 (2011, http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, “Korea-
U.S FTA Must Pass Through Parliament Next Month: Official”, lexisnexis, ky)
South Korea's ruling party leader stressed Thursday the free trade agreement with the U.S. must pass
through parliament next month, saying the long-pending deal will face greater difficulties unless it's
approved in the upcoming extraordinary session.Rep. Hong Joon-pyo of the Grand National Party
made the remark in a policy meeting with the administration and the presidential office, saying the accord
will face greater obstacles starting in September as rival parties fight over the national budget and
other domestic political issues."However good the policies of the Lee Myung-bak administration are, they
will be of no use unless the National Assembly finalizes them," Hong said during the meeting, asking the
government and the presidential office to make greater efforts to help persuade opposition parties.
The trade agreement, signed in 2007 and supplemented last December, has been awaiting approval
from the legislatures of the two countries.
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                          Debt Ceiling Postpones SKFTA
Debt ceiling postpones SKFTA
Abrams, 7/22 (Jim, Associated Press, June 22, 2011,
http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, “Republicans clear way for worker
aid, trade bills”, lexisnexis, ky)
A dozen Senate Republicans say they have cleared the way for legislation to help workers displaced by
foreign competition, possibly removing the main obstacle to approval of free trade agreements with
South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The Obama administration supports the trade deals, but says
they must be linked to extension of expired sections of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
The GOP senators, in a letter to President Barack Obama, said they can assure passage of the
worker aid bill by joining Democrats in moving it past any filibuster hurdles. Their support, while
welcomed by the administration, may be too late for Congress to act on the aid and trade bills this
summer. Congress is scheduled to leave for its summer recess on Aug. 6, and is likely to be
preoccupied until then in resolving the crisis over raising the government's debt limit to avoid a first-
ever U.S. default. Administration officials said earlier this week that the Obama administration might
delay sending final legislation on the three trade deals until September.
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                                      Impact—Economy
SKFTA is key for small businesses, which solve for the economy
Rep. Graves, 6/30 (Sam, Chairman of Small Business Committee, 6/30/11,
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/58124.html, “Quick FTA passage needed for small businesses”,
ky)
The clock has run out. On July 1, the European Union-South Korea free trade agreement goes into
effect. Then, on Aug. 15, the Colombia-Canada free trade agreement will take effect — leaving U.S. small
businesses at a competitive disadvantage in the international marketplace. There has been recent
progress on three pending trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea — but time is of
the essence.The slow progress certainly does not help our small businesses, which are already facing
uncertainty because of skyrocketing energy costs, excessive federal regulations and possible tax
increases. We owe it to small businesses to open new markets and lower trade barriers so they can
compete with their foreign counterparts and increase their exports.More exports means more
revenue and job creation. In fact, $1 billion in U.S. exports creates 6,000 jobs, according to the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the independent U.S. International Trade Commission estimates
passing the trade agreements will increase U.S. exports by $13 billion and create 75,000 jobs — all
without one dime of new government spending.Phil Wise, the owner of Wise Family Farm in Harris,
Mo., gave sobering testimony on the necessity of passing the trade agreements at a recent House Small
Business Committee hearing. “While we sit on our hands,” Wise said, “other pork-exporting countries are
moving forward with FTAs of their own with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. … [Iowa State
University economist] Dr. Dermot Hayes calculates that we will be out of the Korea and Colombia
markets in 10 years if the U.S. fails to implement its agreements.” The key to America’s long-term
economic recovery is held by flourishing small businesses — our nation’s most robust job creators.
Small firms create more than half the nonfarm private gross domestic product and employ more than half
the U.S. workforce. In fact, 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years were created by small
businesses. But we have to provide the market opportunities and resources for small businesses to compete
— so they can grow and hire more workers. With 95 percent of the purchasing market outside the U.S.,
small businesses and farmers understand the opportunities and benefits of exporting. Like large U.S.
companies, small businesses face a variety of trade barriers that limit their ability to compete —
including higher tariffs, technical standards and foreign customs regulations. Most small firms, however,
do not have the resources and capital to navigate complex trade barriers. As a result, many simply do
not export. This is why passing all three trade agreements is critical. They remove both tariff and
nontariff barriers, protect intellectual property and streamline the trade process. More than 20,000 U.S.
companies export to South Korea alone — and more than 18,500 are small businesses. The South
Korea FTA will increase total U.S. exports by $10 billion, according to ITC estimates, including $2.8
billion from small- and medium-sized U.S. companies. Passing the trade agreement with Colombia would
also increase opportunities and level the playing field for small businesses. Most Colombian exports
already enter the U.S. duty free, while U.S. exports face tariffs as high as 35 percent. Lowering the barriers
would generate an estimated $2.5 billion per year to the U.S. GDP and increase exports by more than $1
billion. “My customers [in Colombia] have been paying 20 percent tariffs on hundreds of thousands of
dollars on my imported products, and this has reduced the range of items that they could purchase from
me,” said Roy Paulson, president of Paulson Manufacturing in California. In addition, more than 7,200
small businesses now export to Panama. Passage of the FTA with Panama would allow more than 88
percent of U.S. exports to enter duty free and increase U.S. exports by a whopping 145 percent. The
benefits of these three job-creating agreements for small businesses and our economy are too big to
move this slowly. It’s time for America to get in the game. The longer we wait, the longer small
businesses will be at a disadvantage, which means waiting longer for a full economic recovery.

CTBT:
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Passing CTBT saps PC
Carafano, Special to The Examiner , 06/27/11 (James, “Nuclear treaty that
Obama is pushing will put US at risk”, http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-
eds/2011/06/nuclear-treaty-obama-pushing-will-put-us-risk, June 27, 2011)
The shot should come soon. Treaties are notoriously difficult to get through the Senate in an election
year. Moreover, polls indicate Obama’s party may not control the Senate after next year’s election.
Therefore, this year could be his last best chance to ram a treaty through. State Department officials
indicate the heavy favorite is the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Signing onto the ban would
cement Obama’s reputation as the “road to zero” president — the man who did everything possible
to rid the world of America’s nuclear weapons.




SKFTA:


SKFTA will pass- GOP assures
ABRAMS, Associated Press, 7/22/11(JIM, “Republicans clear way for worker
aid, trade bills”, http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, July 22,
2011)
A dozen Senate Republicans say they have cleared the way for legislation to help workers displaced
by foreign competition, possibly removing the main obstacle to approval of free trade agreements
with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The Obama administration supports the trade deals, but
says they must be linked to extension of expired sections of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The
GOP senators, in a letter to President Barack Obama, said they can assure passage of the worker aid
bill by joining Democrats in moving it past any filibuster hurdles.

SKFTA Won’t pass
Hadar; Washington Correspondent, 7/22/11(Leon, “Time for Obama exert
trade leadership”, http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/, July 22,
2011)
Many pro-free-trade Republican lawmakers share President Obama's sentiments but are unwilling to
support the extension of a programme aimed at helping workers adversely affected by global trade,
known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The White House and the Democrats have conditioned
their support for the three FTAs on a Republican agreement to extend the TAA. But Republicans argue
that the TAA needs to be eliminated as part of an effort to reduce government spending and cut the
deficit. It is not clear that the White House and the Republicans will be able to bridge their
differences in the next two weeks, leading White House Chief of Staff, Bill Daley, to conclude that it
might not be possible to win enough Congressional votes for the pacts before the August recess.

				
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