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Vern Buchanan Vows to Fight for Free Trade on House Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., named Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan to the Trade and Oversight subcommittees under the umbrella of the full Ways and Means Committee.

I am honored by the opportunity to serve on such important subcommittees, said Buchanan. Through these subcommittees I will work to ensure that Southwest Floridas needs are addressed."

Buchanan vowed in his new position to fight for free-trade agreements, maintaining that these measures would lead to new jobs in the Sunshine State.

Jobs and the economy are the most important issue, said Buchanan. If we can grow our exports, it will help Floridas economy as we send our goods, services, and products to people around the world. In turn, this will help generate new jobs, and lead to an economic revitalization.

For starters, the Congress can ratify the pending free-trade agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Columbia, added Buchanan, who is chairman of the Friends of Panama Caucus. I support these agreements, and will urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in moving these trade agreements forward.

Buchanan added that his new position on the Trade Subcommittee will help his efforts to improve Port Manatee, the closest port to the Panama Canal, before the Panama Canal expansion is complete in 2014 or 2015.

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