Obama signs three long-delayed trade pacts into law

Reuters News

10/21/2011 10:03:46 AM - Reuters News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law long-sought free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia that are expected to lift exports by $13 billion a year and create American jobs.

The White House Oval Office signing ceremony of the bills, strongly opposed by many of his fellow Democrats, capped a five-year push by Republicans to get them approved.

(Reporting by Alister Bull; editing by Vicki Allen)