The Senate, in a strong bipartisan showing, approved the Peruvian Trade Promotion Agreement Tuesday by a 77-18 vote. President George Bush voiced his approval at a press conference.
"This agreement will level the playing field for American goods and services, it will create new opportunities for investment and it will strengthen our friendship with a fellow democracy," Bush said.
The Peruvian FTA will immediately eliminate duties on 80% of
AFBF, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council, and the National Association of Wheat Growers all issued statements supporting passage of the legislation, but they also called on Congress to move forward on other pending trade agreements with
"It is important for Congress to continue the process of eliminating restrictive tariffs on
Although most groups voiced approval of the Senate's action, not everyone is happy about it. R-Calf urged Senators not to vote for the trade agreement, and the Western Organization of Resource Councils expressed their dissatisfaction with Tuesday's vote.
"The vote on the