President Bush today signs one of his administration's top priorities, the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
The deal removes trade barriers with six countries and was narrowly approved by the House last week after a furious final round of lobbying by the administration.
In pushing for CAFTA's approval, the president stressed the deal helps national security. He said it will reinforce democratic governments in an area that until recently was torn by civil war and political turmoil.
After the signing ceremony, the president heads for a few weeks vacation at his Texas ranch.