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President Obama Signs Free Trade Agreements

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has signed into law the long-awaited free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as the latest trade adjustment assistance for workers.

The president originally planned to sign the bills in a White House ceremony, with members of both parties, but opted instead to sign them privately in the Oval Office. The three pacts were passed last Wednesday after years of debate and delay, marking one of the few moments of bipartisanship in recent months.

“These trade agreements will significantly boost American exports, support tens of thousands of American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property,” the White House said in a release previewing Friday’s signing, which lasted approximately 15 minutes according to the pool report.

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