Authority to Extend the United States-Republic of Korea Nuclear Cooperation Agreementby Representative Mike Kelly
Posted on 2013-09-17
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Mr. KELLY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise In strong support of
H.R. 2449, a bipartisan bill to extend the current U.S.-Korea civil
nuclear agreement for two years.
This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Over the decades, South Korea has become a key U.S. ally in Asia and we stand shoulder to shoulder in political, strategic, military, cultural, and other issues.
One of these crucial issues is energy. This extension will allow the U.S. and Korea to enter into a new era of energy partnership.
The current nuclear cooperation agreement is due to expire in March 2014 and its prompt extension is vital to avoid trade disruptions.
It is critical that we uphold the reputation of the U.S. as a stable and reliable trading partner, in light of the energy industry's long- lead items and use of long-term contracts for nuclear components, fuel and services.
Ultimately this is about jobs: red, white, and blue American jobs. Billions of dollars in U.S. exports and thousands of U.S. jobs are at stake if we fail.
This is about jobs for U.S. companies such as Westinghouse, which is headquartered in Cranberry, PA, in my own district. Westinghouse, which employs about 9000 employees in the U.S., has been a leader in energy cooperation with Korea for nearly four decades.
I urge my colleagues to vote for this important legislation.