The head of a group of House Democrats opposed to free trade needled President Barack Obama for pushing ahead on such an agreement with South Korea.

Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), the head of the House Trade Working Group, condemned the free trade agreement Obama said this past weekend he would push lawmakers to pursue this year.

“This is another flawed NAFTA-style trade agreement negotiated by the Bush Administration for the benefit of big corporations and at the expense of the American worker," Michaud said in a statement. "President Obama’s commitment to fixing the agreement is laudable if it involves reopening the agreement and fixing not only the market-access issues for American beef and car exports, but also the fundamental imbalances in our previously-negotiated free trade agreements."

The agreement is a point of rare criticism for the president from members of his own party, some of whom have expressed growing frustration toward the administration's willingness to proceed with free trade agreements. Labor groups that often ally themselves with Democrats also oppose free trade agreements.

Michaud said he'd press Obama for more balances in the agreement before proceeding with it in Congress.

"I look forward to working with the President to make sure that the final Korea agreement is changed in a way that will garner broad bipartisan support and represent a true 21st century agreement that benefits American citizens and corporations alike," he said.