July 12, 2011 / 5:00 PM / 8 years ago

USTR Kirk eyes trade pacts approval by August

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Tuesday he was optimistic Congress would approve three long-delayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama by August.

“We need to pass these agreements and put them in place,” Kirk said in speech to agriculture industry officials. “We’re ready to go now.”

Kirk said the White House was still working with congressional leaders on the exact timing of submitting the pacts to Congress for votes.

But he said there was no reason to believe they can’t be passed before lawmakers take their traditional August break.

Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Vicki Allen

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