Saying "free trade means good-paying jobs for Americans," President Bush yesterday urged Congress to approve proposed deals with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, the core of a trade agenda he feels can revitalize a shaky US economy. Bush also offered to help lawmakers reshape benefits for workers who lose jobs to foreign competition, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Bush, on the second day of a three-day trip to promote the agenda he proposed Monday in the State of the Union address, said the Senate needed to act quickly on the $150 billion economic stimulus plan. “We’re obviously in a slowdown,” he during a stop in California. Bush plans to address terrorism today in Las Vegas.