Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement reacting to the news that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached a deal on the languishing free trade agreement. Congressman Djou has been a leading voice in the U.S. House, advocating for this agreement from the first day he was in office.

One of my highest priorities as a Member of Congress has been to advocate for the free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. I have consistently spoken out on its behalf as not just good policy for the nation during these difficult economic times, but particularly beneficial for the State and people of Hawaii.

I welcomed President Obama’s agreement on this issue and his support for this important measure. I am pleased with the work of not just this Administration but this Congress as well—a partnership that will continue to be vital moving forward.

Trade agreements increase U.S. exports, create domestic jobs and ensure that America will continue to be a dynamic and competitive player in the global economy. This particular FTA will directly boost our state’s number one industry, tourism, and will ensure that our relationship with this key ally remains strong, even in the face of a more belligerent North Korea.”

Congressman Djou has been one of the most vocal advocates for this FTA in Congress, speaking out on the floor, signing onto letters to President Obama and even meeting with the Korean Ambassador. This deal is a significant accomplishment that will prove to be a deepening and dynamic catalyst for American economic growth.

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