Good for Congress for approving this week free-trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. The agreements, which have been delayed for up to five years, will particularly benefit Kansas farmers and ranchers, who should see direct exports increase by about $130 million. The trade agreements “will not only increase exports, lower our trade deficit and stimulate needed U.S. economic growth, but they will also erase the competitive disadvantage we’ve been suffering by providing new access to foreign markets, which were previously closed off with tariffs,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said in a statement. Sen. Pat Roberts said that “opening foreign markets to U.S. goods, services and agricultural is an obvious and long overdue part of the solution” to slow economic growth. And Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said: “When American businesses are given better access to markets, they will succeed, help strengthen our economy and put more people back to work.”
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