Standing Up for Workers, Patrick Murphy Opposes Colombia Trade Deal
8th District Congressman Calls on President Bush to Put Partisanship Aside and Join him in Addressing the Needs of Pennsylvania's Working Families
Today, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) stood up for American workers by blocking an unfair trade deal that would have put jobs in jeopardy and lowered global labor, health and environmental standards. In order to begin bipartisan negotiations, strengthen our troubled economy and put working families first, Rep. Murphy voted to suspend the requirement that the Colombia Free Trade Agreement be considered under President Bush's prerogative and what's commonly referred to as "Fast Track Authority." After voting, Murphy released the following statement:
"At a time when Pennsylvania families are struggling and our economy is sliding, we don't need another trade deal that promises fewer American jobs and lower labor standards around the world," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "I believe we should be bringing Democrats and Republicans together to stimulate our economy because the economy is too important for partisan politics. I will not support any trade agreement that doesn't look out for the best interests of middle class families, right here in the 8th District."
"When we level the playing field, there is no job that American workers can't do - unfortunately, President Bush is once again putting American jobs at risk and neglecting the needs of Bucks County's struggling families," Murphy added.