Obama says announcement on trade coming soon

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the White House will have an announcement on sending three coveted free trade agreements to Congress “in the next day or so.”

The move would put the pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama on the path toward final passage after years of delay. House Speaker John Boehner has said he believes the trade deals could be finalized by mid-October.

The president has made trade a centerpiece of his economic agenda. He says the free trade agreements will support tens of thousands of American jobs and boost U.S. exports.

The White House had held off sending Congress the final legislation until the Senate approved an assistance package for workers who lose their jobs to foreign competition.