Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is urging the President to focus part of Thursday's White House jobs summit on creating good jobs in the United States by developing new market opportunities for U.S. products through expanded trade. Grassley says pending trade agreements will have a real impact on sustaining and creating good-paying jobs in the United States.
"We've been standing still while our trading partners have been negotiating new trade agreements among themselves," Grassley said. "If the United States fails to implement our pending trade agreements soon, we'll put our producers and their workers at a serious competitive disadvantage; it would be senseless and irresponsible to do that."
Earlier this week, Grassley said the White House should focus on tax relief for small businesses, which create 70% of all net new jobs, yet have been largely ignored in the stimulus plans of the administration and congressional leaders and are targeted for significant tax increases in the House of Representatives-passed health care bill.