Johnny Isakson says he’s resolved GOP objections to trade treaties

A rare reason to look forward to Congress’ return to Washington next week, from Walter Jones of Morris News Service:

Sen. Johnny Isakson says he’s untangled objections that had blocked passage of a trio of trade agreements that could boost Georgia exports by more than $1.5 billion.

In an interview …Friday, Isakson said he’s convinced enough of his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to agree to conditions President Barack Obama set before submitting the agreements to Congress for ratification. He predicted Senate votes sometime in October.

The free-trade agreements, which would lower tariffs and other trade barriers, have been negotiated and signed with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and await submission to Congress. The Korean agreement, for example, was signed in 2007 before Obama was elected.

Now, if there were only a deep-water port on the Georgia coast to handle this stuff….

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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31 comments Add your comment

findog

August 30th, 2011
9:26 am

Jim, an ellipsis has three dots [unless if that was a quote - then you forgot the quotation marks]
Have a good day all

View From Midtown

August 30th, 2011
9:31 am

A deep-water port? Good luck with that; maybe the GA GOP should have thought about that before screwing over the Democrats.

cs

August 30th, 2011
9:51 am

hooray!!!!!!more expensive trade agreements!! now lets get the dollar lowered more asap

Centrist

August 30th, 2011
9:53 am

Not just GOP objections as Galloway frames it: http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/9825/u-s-set-to-pass-trade-deals-with-colombia-panama-and-s-korea

At the time the bilateral deals were signed, U.S. lawmakers raised principled objections to ratifying them. Colombia didn’t protect union labor leaders, while Panama was a haven for tax dodgers. As for South Korea, its car and beef exporters didn’t play fair. Colombia, South Korea and Panama set about making verifiable changes in order to allay Congress’ objections. But after Republicans lost control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections, the Bush administration no longer had the legislative support needed to pass the trade agreements it had negotiated. The deals have languished on Capitol Hill since then, held up by various lobbies.

A dithering and dysfunctional Washington is costing U.S. workers jobs. That’s hardly an image the administration wants to reinforce little more than a year from next year’s presidential election.

As a result, passage of the trade deals is likely sometime this fall — provided, of course, that lawmakers are finally willing to let economics trump politics. Despite claims in December by then-White House spokesman Robert Gibbs that the deals were being held up by congressional representatives affiliated with the Tea Party, most lingering objections come from the Democrats’ side of the aisle. Two weeks ago, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the three trade deals, “The White House may support it, but the Congress may have a different view.” When MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell commented to Pelosi that the agreements would boost U.S. exports and create jobs, Pelosi responded, “That’s debatable.”

SpaceyG on Twitter

August 30th, 2011
10:13 am

Uh, what more are we gonna export? How about our plethora of bubba’slators?!

eatmotacos

August 30th, 2011
10:15 am

I wonder if Sonny Boy has cut Isackson(champion of unwashed voters everywhere), in on his export business?

SpaceyG on Twitter

August 30th, 2011
10:17 am

eatmotacos – what does Sonny P. export to China? Lakes? Boat docks? Land deals?

deegee

August 30th, 2011
10:17 am

There is a chopstick plant in S. Georgia that was on the news recently. The guy is making them and shipping them to China fast and furiously. He said that wood is scarce in China so it makes sense to manufacture them here. Anything else we can think of?

SpaceyG on Twitter

August 30th, 2011
10:18 am

Wait wait don’t tell me. I know. Fish!

SpaceyG on Twitter

August 30th, 2011
10:19 am

You need a deep-water, coastal lands-ravaging port to export… chopsticks? Heck, I can pack a county’s worth in my purse alone.

RSC

August 30th, 2011
10:33 am

These trade agreements will do nothing but export more jobs out of the US. The trade agreement stands to set Korea up as yet another alternative services sector for US companies, much like India.

jconservative

August 30th, 2011
10:50 am

“Now, if there were only a deep-water port on the Georgia coast to handle this stuff….”

Well one half of Congress does not want to spend money on infrastructure.

The other half of Congress does not want to spend money in a Republican dominated state.

If the two parties can get together and, god forbid, compromise, then maybe you guys can get a deep-water port.

honested

August 30th, 2011
11:00 am

centrist,

Are you completely unable to accept the level of bald faced obstructionism put forth by the gop, or are you just paid to ignore it?

Of course, if the gop would wake up to reality in the modern world, we would open trade with Cuba, and the need for wasting money on the Savannah port boondogle would be much less necessary.

Centrist

August 30th, 2011
11:15 am

@ honested – Did you read the snippet or article I posted, or does Galloway’s politics so fit yours that you don’t care about facts that don’t align with your politics either?

Tom

August 30th, 2011
11:31 am

So now we hear Michelle Bachmann has a deal to publish a memoir.

Will it be typeset on paper or burned into solid rock?

RGB

August 30th, 2011
11:56 am

“The free-trade agreements, which would lower tariffs….”

Wait a minute, I thought higher taxes and more regulations were the cure for a sick economy. At least that’s been Obama’s prescription to date.

So I’d like you libs to explain why lower tariffs/taxes are good for exports in a global economy but make absolutely no sense in our domestic economy.

Centrist is right. The dems effectively blocked trade legislation for several years. They had control of the exec and leg branches but did nothing to boost exports. Concerns from unions, their primary constituency, you know. Gotta do what’s right for the unions even if it means the country goes to H-E-double-hockeysticks.

honested

August 30th, 2011
12:00 pm

rgb,

So you support sending more jobs to Korea in exchange for more low cost, untaxed imports.

I just have to stand on my head so I can share your up-is-down viewpoint.

honested

August 30th, 2011
12:03 pm

centrist,

I read the article and the snippet.
I chuckle at the notion of those who refer to the ‘two years the Democrats had control’ and were unable to correct 8 years of disastrous mistakes on trade policy along with all other disasters.
Jim’s politics are more than a little too far right for me, but he does have an ability to reason.

Road Scholar

August 30th, 2011
12:18 pm

Tom: It will be a coloring book!

eatmotacos

August 30th, 2011
12:27 pm

@spacey on tweeter

“Former Gov. Sonny Perdue and three partners, he appointed to state positions while in office, have launched a new venture, Perdue Partners LLC.The company is an Atlanta-based global trading company that will facilitate U.S. commerce, emphasizing export of U.S. goods and services, according to a news release.” Macon Telegraph 4/22/11

I wonder is Sonny Boy will cut Isackson in on the business?

RGB

August 30th, 2011
12:30 pm

honested,

You should read more about economics and this global economy in which we participate.

If you insist that everything is made in the USA, you thwart healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with our global trading partners.

And as a practical matter, nobody is going to buy goods that China sells for $10 if they cost $25 when made in the USA (by union labor). Not even union members will buy that $25 t-shirt.

GaBlue

August 30th, 2011
12:50 pm

RGB,

You’re right. Not everything should be made in the USA. Frankly, most of our domestically-mass-produced beer really sucks.

However, it is indeed in our best interests if MORE stuff were made here. As for shirts, the quality of what we’re getting from China is rapidly declining. Do you actually shop for clothes for your family on a regular basis? Those who do know exactly what I’m talking about. I’d rather have ten well-made shirts than 30 pieces of junk made of fabric of questionable origin. It’s cheap because it’s not meant to last. Your desire to take a jab at unions aside, this country used to lead in technology and innovation, and unless we are willing to do that again — and build things HERE they want to buy over THERE — then we’re sunk. Let’s end the resistance to green technology and move forward already. We’re BEHIND, and I don’t think we should be satisfied with that.

DannyX

August 30th, 2011
12:51 pm

Sweatshops and burning rivers!

The new Republican jobs plan.

honested

August 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

rgb,

Oh my your highness, you are correct…..30 years in small business have taught me nothing about economics…..other than to understand there is nothing ‘free’ about ‘free trade’. The costs get passed on to all of us while a few at the top gain the benefits. And our neighbors lose their jobs.

Did I get that right?

honested

August 30th, 2011
1:09 pm

eatmo…

Shhhh.
Sonny thought the port deepening would be a done deal by now and his trucks would be full running up and down I-16 every day.
How’s the poor guy gonna make it if he has to follow the rules?
Dang gubmint reggggulations.

deegee

August 30th, 2011
2:17 pm

GaBlue, Builders are building homes with 500 sq ft clothes closets. What are we going to fill them up with if not cheap shoes and clothing from China? BTW, I agree with you completely. I clothes shop two or three times a year and I buy good stuff that lasts.

KBJ

August 30th, 2011
2:36 pm

YOU HAVE 4000 LINE UP FOR FREE DENTAL CARE IN WOODSTOCK, BUT GEORGIA POLITICIANS SAY NO TO REFORMED HEALTH CARE BILL FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA AND OK FOR THE POLITICANS TO USE THE (FREE) HEALTH CARE(AMERICANS PAY FOR THEM TO USE). THE CITIZENS ARE SICK IF SAY NO TO ANY REFORMED HEALTH CARE BILL, BUT POLITICANS PIMP THE PUBLIC BECAUSE THEY ARE THE WELL FARE RECIPIENTS OFF US AMERICANS

Clinton

August 30th, 2011
3:14 pm

Isakson and his Globalist Republican and Democratic friends are cut from the same CFR blue print. They intend to cash in on the emergence of a planned architectural blueprint touted as free trade known as NAFTA. Its all planned and controlled…..the antithesis of Free Enterprise. Its really sickening….there is no difference from a Rockefeller Republican and a Limousine Liberal. They have sold our American Birthright just as George W. Bush did before and Barack Obama is doing now. While they have made sure to ship all manufacturing and high paying jobs out of our country they promise more jobs in the form of Walmart and Mcdonalds…its the equivalent of forty acres and a mule which was promised to former slaves in order to get their vote when they came off the plantation. Those same low paying jobs are the ones Rick Perry takes credit for in Texas. These guys invoke the name of Jesus to get your vote but they have no true moral compass…they will do anything to get elected and then cave in and vote for the very eastern liberal establishment that has been trying to do away with American Sovereignty for over fifty years…they are democrats and republicans..they are journalists and even ministers like Dr Richard Land who is a Rhodes Scholar and member of the CFR…i.e. council on foreign relations who chairs the ethics committee for the Southern Baptist Convention…they are collectivists and opportunists…they are sheeps in wolves clothing….

Clinton

August 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

Correction: They are Wolves in Sheeps clothing…..also, interesting that Rick Perry used to work for Al Gore and Herman Cain used to work high up in the Federal Reserve.

messed up!

August 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

When are fulton and city of Atlanta redistrcicting going to occur!? More white voters more white reps!

Jon Lester

August 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Of course Colombia’s human rights record was a secondary consideration, along with the fact that its number one export isn’t taxed at all.