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United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

Madam Speaker, first of all, this is not offshore, this proposal is next door. These are our neighbors.

Second of all, this is not just about great opportunities economically for America, but we hear people talk about the environment. When you recycle, so-called ``replace'' your cell phones, where do you think they go? They get rebuilt and they get shipped down to our neighbors to the south so they can have the economic opportunities, they can have the learning opportunities. This is the kind of cooperation we want to see in our hemisphere.

But to attack Panama, which is the leader of showing how they can stimulate an economy, with almost 10 percent growth, to attack Panama, allowing the working class access to recycled material, environmentally friendly but economically upper lifting, to attack that kind of agreement on this floor and then say that you're for the environment and you're for helping the poor, don't come to this floor and say you care about the environment, you care about the needy, and you care about our neighbors and oppose this proposal.


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