Bill Text: FL H0189 | 2011 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Free Trade Agreements

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2011-05-07 - Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration [H0189 Detail]

Download: Florida-2011-H0189-Introduced.html
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House Memorial
2A memorial to the Congress of the United States in support
3of the establishment of Free Trade Agreements between the
4United States and Colombia, Panama, and the Republic of
7     WHEREAS, Florida, the United States' fifth-largest exporter
8in 2008, with goods exports totaling $50.4 billion, has a global
9reputation as a gateway to the Americas and a vital stake in
10global markets, and
11     WHEREAS, Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and
12the Republic of Korea offer valuable opportunities for the
13United States to enhance its competitive edge in the global
14economy by lowering the barriers that its own exporters face in
15these markets, and
16     WHEREAS, state and local officials around the United States
17have signaled their support for Congressional approval of these
18Free Trade Agreements, and
19     WHEREAS, manufactured exports translate into the creation
20of jobs for Florida workers, including 128,400 of them as of
212005, and
22     WHEREAS, agriculture exports, services exports, foreign
23investment, and imports all contribute significantly to
24Florida's economy and employment base, and
25     WHEREAS, according to the United States Department of
26Agriculture, Florida's agricultural exports reached $1.96
27billion in 2007, maintaining 17,420 Florida jobs, both on and
28off farmlands, and
29     WHEREAS, in 2007, Florida's exports to Colombia surpassed
30$2 billion, increasing by 31 percent over the previous year, and
31     WHEREAS, Florida is the second-leading United States
32exporter to each of its pending Latin American Free Trade
33Agreement partners, Panama and Colombia, and approval of Free
34Trade Agreements with those countries will ensure that those
35nations continue to make progress in reducing violence while
36improving economic stability, and
37     WHEREAS, a Free Trade Agreement with the Republic of Korea
38would substantially increase access to the South Korean market
39and both the United States and the Republic of Korea would
40benefit from increased exports, economic growth, and job
41creation, NOW, THEREFORE,
43Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
45     That the Congress of the United States is urged to support
46the establishment of Free Trade Agreements between the United
47States and Colombia, Panama, and the Republic of Korea.
48     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be
49dispatched to the President of the United States, to the
50President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the
51United States House of Representatives, and to each member of
52the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.

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