Trade deals held up by Washington gridlock
September 29th, 2011
09:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Trade deals held up by Washington gridlock

Washington (CNNMoney) - Trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama have the potential to be a slam dunk in Congress - but they may never make it that far.

The U.S. agriculture industry has been calling for the deals, which could open up new international markets for high-quality beef, wheat and soybeans. But the U.S. auto industry is also watching, as the deal with South Korea would mean a drop in tariffs aimed squarely at Detroit automakers.


Filed under: Colombia • Congress • South Korea • Trade
August 12th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama will continue helping Colombia fight drug trafficking

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday extended U.S. assistance to Colombia in combating civilian aircraft involved in drug trafficking.

A White House statement said Obama issued a memo to the State Department and Defense Department authorizing the continuation of what is called U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to Colombia.

It is the seventh straight year that the interdiction assistance has been extended.

The memo said Colombia has appropriate procedures in place to protect against innocent loss of life from interdiction against civil aircraft "reasonably suspected" of illicit drug trafficking.

Filed under: Colombia • drug trafficking • White House