U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was pressed by Democratic and Republican senators to advance three long-stalled free-trade agreements, as he urged lawmakers to approve a deal with South Korea first.
The trade and economic cooperation deal signed by the U.S. and Brazil will open a constrained market and help reach the administration’s goal of doubling exports by 2015, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said.
A trade agreement among about a dozen Asia-Pacific countries that is the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s plans to increase exports will require tough choices to be completed in 2013, his envoy said.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said there’s “zero” possibility that three pending free-trade agreements will be bundled into a single bill. Republicans in Congress want to consider all three at the same time.