UNITED STATES-OMAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 20, 2006)
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Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 5684.
Mr. Speaker, this Oman FTA is harmful and unbalanced and threatens our National Security.
This FTA is just a small part of a larger trade policy that has not been in the best interest of U.S. workers, small businesses, farmers or the economy and environment.
I have voted against every harmful and unbalanced trade agreement that has come before this HOUSE.
I would welcome the opportunity to vote for an agreement with strong and enforceable labor and environmental protections.
Unfortunately the U.S.-Oman FTA has neither of these and I will be voting against this bad trade deal.
The FTA falls short of the labor protections that must be included to make an acceptable agreement.
We need a time-out on trade and stop this ``race to the bottom.''
Our trade agreements have not significantly raised the living standards in foreign nations.
And U.S. trade policy has forced American workers to compete on an uneven playing field.
By defeating this FTA, we will tell the Administration that no longer will we accept harmful and unbalanced trade agreements.