April 7th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Bush challenges Congress on free trade pact

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.bush.ap.jpg caption=" President Bush is urging Congress to approved a trade agreement with Colombia."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush indicated he will force Congress to take up a free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia in an appearance at the White House Monday.

The move will require Congress to vote on the agreement within 90 working days.

Bush said the agreement would "advance America's national security interests in a critical region" and "strengthen a courageous ally in our hemisphere," as well as help the U.S. economy.

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  1. True Independent, MD

    Is this guy o.k in the head?
    Is he an American?

    April 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. j

    Bush/ Cheney = Dumb/ Dumber

    April 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Thomas

    "... will force Congress" There is a reason why we have three branches of government, and it has been the policy of Bush to FORCE the other branches to do what he wants. This is treason and an undermining of our political process.

    April 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Just a thought. I see many of you commenting on our staggering loss of jobs and soaring unemployment rates, but i'm wondering how many of you at the same time are supporting amnesty for illegal aliens and sanctuary cities like San Francisco? They steal even more jobs from the American worker than outsourcing does, and that is SCARY.

    April 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Craig in Texas Democrat and supporter for Obama

    Way to go G Dub strongarm the congress if you dont get your way. Having you made enough money from the oil industry. Oh wait you want to be like daddy and get your drugs here too. Get this clown out of here.

    April 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. CY from a non democratic country

    The only reason that Bush is doing this is because of Venezuela, anyone that doesn't know this has been leaving under the rock for the past years. He is trying to find a way to cut corners so we Americans can get into Columbia without that much red tape and position our self appropriately in case Chavez decide to do anything that this administration doesn't like. He is not doing it for the betterment of the economy, good for the economy my a!!! there is nothing of value in Columbia except for drugs. Any thing that has value such as oil is in Venezuela and as we all know Chavez is running things there with an iron hand and he's one of Bush's greatest enemy.

    April 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Jim

    To Uncle Sam - today is just a continuation of the Clinton years.

    April 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. stag

    Hey Uncle Sam...what kind of dream world are you living in?

    April 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Deception, deception, deception. It would not help the US economy or advance our strategic security. What a load. Like all the other trade agreements in the last decade, it would allow US corporations to seek cheap labor and raw materials just as they have done all over the world. For the president to use those terms to try to sell this agreement is cynical and underhanded. This type of agreement is good for corporations and bad for workers. As usual. If anyone thinks that corporate profits will eventually lead to more jobs or higher wages, please get a clue.

    April 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Dan

    What a calculation.
    Bush on Hillary calculating math
    Can anyone connect the dots?

    Mark Penn, ceo of Diebold-voting machine in American and Atms,

    Diebold was Bush 2000 and 2004 elections enabler. programmed to get what they wanted!

    Diebold was bought from Ohio to Rhode Island just before March 4th.

    Mark Penn talk to columbian Goverment for deals, quit and President presents the deal to the congress.

    wow, where is the truth and when will people know these people don't represent them?

    Obama knows what he is doing by saying it is about pledged delegates because these people will do whatever it takes to get the nomination. They have ran out cards and now they are waiting to bring what they want to the covention which might not even happen.

    Go Obama, you won't be elected through buyers remose. You have earned this election and we will finance you all the way!

    April 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Mike

    I hope Obama will help Americans remove the power stronghold in this country. No Dynasties anymore!

    April 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Trollmaster CA

    We got more Mexicans sneaking in to the US more than ever. That's clear proof of the failure of NAFTA. Why should we support any other free trade agreements when the past ones have failed us?

    April 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. glhf

    Is this the trade deal that Penn worked on?

    April 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Dani

    We need fair trade....free trade is not fair to our country and does not look out for our nation's welfare. Other countries should be paying tariffs, and people buying imported goods should pay a higher tax rate for purchasing them. We need our factories back in the USA, and we need to keep them busy providing goods for our nation and countries abroad.

    April 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. curtis in WI

    Is there anything he won't call 'necessary for our security'? Seriously, never heard of any AlQaida coming from Colombia.

    April 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Roy

    George go to the ranch! Stay out of the White House! We don't need you there to make things any worse then they are now! When God gave out brains you thought he said, "Trains" and you said, "I want a LOCO-MOTIVE" Quit before we through you out!


    April 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. No Bush

    Bush challenges congress on free trade pact???????????.... We challnge Bush to step down and never come back....

    April 7, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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