President George W. Bush Calls on Congressional Support of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade...

President George W. Bush Calls on Congressional Support of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement During Address to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

President thanks Hispanic entrepreneurial spirit and role in creating jobs


Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–March 13, 2008–President George W. Bush, White House Cabinet members and Colombia Ambassador Carolina Barco joined the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) for a special White House Issues Briefing for Hispanic business leaders. The event was held during the USHCC’s Legislative Conference in Washington, DC which gathered several hundred business owners for key visits with legislators.

During his comments on the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the President thanked USHCC for its support on key legislative issues including the No Child Left Behind Act, immigration reform, and the U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement. He added, “As business leaders, you understand that breaking down barriers to trade and investment creates opportunities for our workers, for American workers, and employees, and employers and consumers.”

President Bush highlighted his administration’s role in making international trade a high priority and expanding the nation’s agreements from three countries to fourteen. He noted that he is looking forward to approval of these agreements.

“As the leading advocate for our nation’s more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses, we are greatly honored that President Bush has addressed our assembly of Hispanic business leaders from across the country for the third time,” said USHCC Board Chairman David C. Lizárraga. “As in past years, we look forward to working with the White House to shape policy for the nation’s Hispanic business community and to serve as a platform for key policy issues concerning small- and medium-sized businesses that are vital contributors.”

Other White House Cabinet members participating in the event included Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, and Susan Schwab of the USTR, Office of the Trade Representative.

The Annual Legislative Conference brings together the nation’s top business owners, opinion leaders and key governmental and administration officials for a three-day gathering to address the most pressing legislative concerns of the nation’s largest and fastest growing business segment—Hispanic entrepreneurs. Expansion of hemispheric relations and trade, health care, energy efficiency, and small business programs are among the many issues receiving top billing at this year’s Legislative Conference.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate more than $388 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia and Uruguay.

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President George W. Bush Calls on Congressional Support of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement During Address to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce