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Congressman urges Nebraskans to act on trade

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith is encouraging people to contact the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with comments on stalled trade proposals with South Korea and Colombia.
/ Source: The Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith is encouraging people to contact the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with comments on stalled trade proposals with South Korea and Colombia.

The western Nebraska Republican notes that written comments on the issue are due by noon Sept. 15, and may be submitted through the USTR's Web site, http://www.ustr.gov.

Smith notes that last year, the House suspended fast-track trade procedures for the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement indefinitely. He says other trade agreements also "are languishing in Congress."

Smith believes the sour U.S. economy would be helped by implementing the trade agreements, allowing U.S. farmers to sell their products abroad.

Smith says every dollar in agricultural exports generates $1.65 for the U.S. economy.