Hatch was speaking about pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Panama. The Obama administration has said it will not submit implementing legislation for the three agreements until a deal is reached with Republicans on reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance, a now-expired program aimed at helping U.S. workers who lose their jobs due to international trade.
Hatch accused the administration of holding this position in order to help union members, but said that strategy is being undermined by a floundering economic situation that needs immediate help. He also noted that administration officials themselves have agreed that the deals would help create jobs in the United States.
"Despite declaring the benefits of these agreements to the united States at every turn, the Obama administration is sitting on them, hurting our economy and undermining our job growth," Hatch said. "With respect to international trade, the administration has adopted a policy of delay and dither."
-- This story was corrected to reflect that Hatch is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.