BUSH SIGNS TRADE PACT WITH JORDAN
WASHINGTON — Meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the Oval Office on Friday, President Bush signed into law a free-trade agreement with that country.
Bush ceremoniously handed Abdullah the pen with which he signed the agreement and thanked him for pledging support to the campaign against terrorism in the wake of the nation’s worst terrorist attacks.
“At long last, we have, together, accomplished one of your main objectives in terms of economic cooperation, which is the Free Trade Agreement,” Bush said to Abdullah.
While the Senate unanimously passed the Jordan FTA last Monday, the contentious issue of labor and the environment is far from being settled. The Jordan pact contains the two standards, which Republican opponents reluctantly accepted after the two nations exchanged letters saying the provisions would be employed only in drastic cases and that sanctions wouldn’t be used.