Mike Donohue (202) 249-6504
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 13, 2011) – American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley released the following statement today following passage last night in the U.S. House and Senate of free trade agreements with Columbia, South Korea and Panama. Dooley had previously written Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) detailing ACC’s endorsement of the pacts. » View Cal Dooley's letters: House | Senate
"ACC and its member companies commend the Congress for its bipartisan passage of the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The American chemistry industry strongly supported these agreements, which will create and maintain jobs in the United States and enhance America’s economic security.
"Treaties such as these are especially vital for the business of chemistry, one of the nation's largest exporting sectors, with over $171 billion in exports in 2010, accounting for more than ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. American jobs depend on access to important markets, and the free trade agreements will ensure that access and strengthen our industry’s competitiveness and job creation."