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First-Term Republicans Press Obama on Trade Deals

Published Tuesday, March 1, 2011
by Doug Palmer

Sixty-seven first-term Republican lawmakers elected in November with the help of the conservative Tea Party movement told President Barack Obama on Tuesday they want to work with him to approve long-delayed trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. 

"We are committed to working with you to develop a comprehensive trade agenda. We believe the first step in that process is to move forward on our agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea without delay," the group of House of Representatives freshmen lawmakers said in a letter to Obama.

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