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|Congressman Says Free Trade Equals Jobs
|Congressman Aaron Schock says his plan to add jobs is better than President Obama's -- have Congress pass three outstanding free trade bills.
Congress did just that Wednesday -- passing deals with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea that were stalled for years.
Schock spoke with reporters just prior to the free trade deals being approved, and says while it's great that 250-thousand new jobs could be created by the passage of the trade deals, he's just as excited about existing jobs and the benefits to the 18th Congressional District.
"The high wage union manufacturing jobs in my district depend on trade," Shock said. "8 out of the 10 tractors that Caterpillar builds in my district, go to another country, to another customer."
"So when 8 out of the 10 tractors in the 18th district that are built here, are sold to other countires, new markets, new customers, and new trade agreements are key to keeping those high wage union manufacturing jobs here in central Illinois."
The Peoria Republican says there also will be a huge benefit for local farmers, making their wares more available to other countries.
Congressman Bobby Schilling issued a statement saying he supports the free trade deals, calling them bi-partisan and helping America better compete on the open market.
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