House Speaker John Boehner is leading a Congressional delegation to visit Latin American three countries that are major trade partners with the U.S. (and with Florida in particular).
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, and seven congressmen will stop in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. One of the representatives making the trip is a Democrat; none of the travelers are from Florida. Still, one of the topics of discussion will be the Colombia free-trade agreement, which South Florida Republicans pushed for, and the visit to Brazil is key for Miami, which has seen Brazilians come to the city in droves to buy property and go shopping.
Read Boehner's press release after the jump.
Speaker Boehner Leads Congressional Visit to Latin America to Focus on Jobs, Energy & Economic Security
“The mission of this visit is to help strengthen ties between the United States and our regional trading partners to support further economic activity that will help create new American jobs. I look forward to discussing issues of mutual interest, whether it is jobs and the economy, energy, or trade, with leaders from these three nations.
“Of note, the delegation will focus on assessing the implementation of the new Colombia free trade agreement, which is critical to job creation in the United States; conducting face-to-face discussions about trade and other economic security issues critical to job creation with senior government officials representing America’s top Latin American trading partners; and examining security measures being taken by Latin American countries to modernize their societies and create a better environment for jobs and economic growth.
“In the coming weeks and months, the House will take action on the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act, which will link expanded American energy production to high-priority infrastructure projects like roads and bridges in order to create more jobs. The delegation also will focus closely on energy issues – studying the economic impact of pro-energy domestic policies being implemented by nations such as Brazil, and visiting with American energy producers forced to create jobs overseas by excessive Washington laws that keep most U.S. energy resources on federal lands under lock and key. We look forward to a productive visit.”
NOTE: Joining Speaker Boehner on the delegation visit are Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Reps. Dan Boren (D-OK), Devin Nunes (R-CA), and Greg Walden (R-OR).