Republican Senators Press Obama on Bush Trade Deals

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Senate Republicans Monday urged President Barack Obama to push for approval of free trade deals with Colombia and Panama in addition to a pact with South Korea he already plans to send to Congress.

"We are disappointed ... not to see the same level of commitment from your administration for trade agreements with Colombia and Panama," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a letter to Obama.

"Both agreements were signed by the previous administration and approved by our trading partners more than three years ago. We urge your support in passing these through Congress without delay," the Republican senators said.

(Reporting by Doug Palmer; Editing by Sandra Maler)