Kind Statement Opposing DR-CAFTA
July 27, 2005
Agreement Fails to Meet Fair & Principled Trade Standards
Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) issued the following statement today in opposition to the Dominican Republic - Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) that passed the House today 217-215:
"It is incumbent upon the U.S. to lead the way in the new global economy by fostering an economic environment that advances the cause of fair trade, raises standards for working men and women both here and abroad, extends to American workers, farmers and businesses the advantages of expanded access to new markets, and generates economic opportunities worldwide. Much to my disappointment, this administration has been asleep at the wheel in assuming this responsibility. The flawed CAFTA that passed today does not represent a fair and principled trade policy that is best for us or our trading partners. Instead, it is a big step backwards for workers' rights that also fails to acknowledge our responsibility to invest in American workers so they have the tools they need to succeed in the global marketplace."