September 23, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Agriculture and Industries, Department of

McMillan: Breakthrough for Jobs for Alabama, thanks to today's congressional developments



Chances for passage of the three Free Trade Agreements improved greatly with today's developments in Congress, according to Commissioner John McMillan of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industry.


"Speaker John Boehner opened the door for the U.S. House of Representatives to act on free trade legislation, signalling bipartisan cooperation on issues that previously kept the Obama administration from sending the agreements to congress for ratification," McMillan said.


The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, which Obama and the Democrats have said is a necessary prior to ratifying the Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. Boehner said today chances in the House are good for passage of trade adjustment legislation, a package of protections for workers displaced by foreign trade. He added that the President must first send the three free trade bills, which will be taken up alongside trade adjustment.


McMillan, in support of the free trade legislation, has stated their passage will open the way to bring thousands of jobs to Alabama, especially in agriculture and agribusiness.


On Monday, McMillan holds a Huntsville news conference to discuss specifics on free trade, especially as it will affect North Alabama.



Who:  Commissioner John McMillan, Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries

Where:  Charles Stone Ag Center, 819 Cook Ave., Huntsville

When:  Monday, Sept. 26, 12 noon

What:  Jobs for Alabama through Free Trade



Brett C. Hall

Deputy Commissioner

Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

1445 Federal Drive

Montgomery, Alabama  36107

334-240-7101- cell - 334-318-6081


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