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DeFazio Opposes Colombia Free Trade Agreement

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DeFazio Opposes Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) voted this week to protect American workers from an unfair trade agreement and the right of Congress to set its own legislative agenda. The Colombia FTA would cost Americans jobs and encourage anti-union violence in Colombia. In response, the House of Representatives reiterated its role as the People's House and denied the President an unrealistic, unjust free trade agreement. — Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) voted this week to protect American workers from an unfair trade agreement and the right of Congress to set its own legislative agenda. The Colombia FTA would cost Americans jobs and encourage anti-union violence in Colombia. In response, the House of Representatives reiterated its role as the People's House and denied the President an unrealistic, unjust free trade agreement. "After thirty years of bad trade policy, our manufacturing has been cut in half, the middle class is losing ground, and we're borrowing $2 billion a day from the rest of the world -- including communist China -- to pay for things we used to make here in America. And, President Bush thinks we should do more of the same." DeFazio said. "Congress, until now, has never had a spine to stand up to one of these outrageous agreements. I am proud of my record of never voting for a free trade agreement. Every single FTA that Congress has passed has harmed America." Previous trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO have led to the export of millions of high-paying American jobs to low wage havens like China and Mexico; an erosion in U.S. living standards; soaring trade deficits and an increasing reliance on foreign investors to finance these deficits, threatening our economic and national security; a significant erosion of U.S. sovereignty to international trade bureaucrats; and the dumping of subsidized foreign goods, including agricultural products, into the US. According to the Oregon Blue Book, between 2000 and 2005, the U.S. government issued 205 Trade Adjustment Assistance certifications relating to Oregon layoffs, caused by NAFTA. These certifications were for more than 13,000 Oregon workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of NAFTA. In addition to NAFTA's damaging effects, Oregon has lost more than 40,000 trade jobs due to failed trade agreements since 1994.

To download the video of Congressman DeFazio speaking about the Colombia Free Trade Agreement on the floor of the House of Representatives, visit his website at the following url: http://www.defazio.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117&Itemid


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