The Presidential Planner: Obama Signs Trade Deals

Oct 21, 2011 10:06am

President Obama will sign the long-delayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia this morning, along with the Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers. 

The president originally planned to sign the bills in a White House ceremony but opted instead to sign them privately in the Oval Office. 

“These trade agreements will significantly boost American exports, support tens of thousands of American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property,” according to the White House. 

The president will stop by a Rose Garden reception afterwards with business and labor leaders, as well as workers who will benefit from the bills. 

The president will welcome the recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the White House later this afternoon. The medals are the nation’s highest honors for scientists, engineers and inventors. 

The president “will also announce additional steps to speed the process of moving new ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace,” according to the White House.

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