April 27–29: Commerce Secretary Locke leads five-member congressional delegation to Korea

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (Photos provided by the Department of Commerce)

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke led a congressional delegation to Korea to build support for the passage of the U.S.–Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS).

“On this trip, our delegation looks forward to gaining a first-hand understanding of how U.S. exports of goods and services will benefit from the market opening provisions of KORUS, which will translate into more jobs in America,” said Locke.

Locke with a congressional delegation made up of, from left, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. David Reichert (Rep. Gary Peters not shown)

The delegation consisted of five members from the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Charles Rangel (D–NY), Rep. Jim McDermott (D–WA), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D–NY), Rep. David Reichert (R–WA), and Rep. Gary Peters (D–MI), and other Commerce Department officials.

During the visit, the delegation held meetings with several high-level Korean officials and tour businesses to learn about how American firms would benefit from a closer U.S.–Korea trading relationship. ♦

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