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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3045, Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3045, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-CENTRAL AMERICA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 27, 2005)

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this rule. Think of the voiceless, the poor for once, and not play and pray at the alter of the multinational corporations.

I just talked to a group of folks that came back from Nicaragua, and that you have the nerve to stand before this House and talk about those six governments of purity is an insult to our intellect. Some of these politicians that run these countries are despised by the very people in their country. It is those leaders that made the deal, not the people of those countries. In every one of those countries, the majority of the people are against this deal.

Trade agreements are not just tariff levels and quotas; they are human beings. By passing this agreement, Congress is giving up more of its authority under article I, section VIII. We have done that under three Presidents in a row. Our CAFTA becomes a legally-bound treaty. It will supersede any legislation passed by this Congress.

And by the way, a slight detail: the CBO has told us that CAFTA will cost the American taxpayers $4.4 billion over the next 10 years. And since those in favor of CAFTA turn to this document, Mr. Speaker, this document shows that of the 14 agreements, the 14 agreements since Bush became the President of the United States, only three have been outrightly kept. He has as bad a record as President Clinton.

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