Hare Statement on Bush Administration's Announcement that it Will Unilaterally Submit Colombia FTA
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL), a member of the House Trade Working Group, today released the following statement in response to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab's announcement that the Bush Administration will send Congress the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in April without the support of Democratic leaders.
"Today's announcement by Ambassador Schwab is further proof that the Bush Administration has no interest in working with Congress to truly reform our broken trade policies.
"It shows complete disregard for the views of American people who know the Bush trade agenda has been a boon for big business at the expense of working families and their jobs.
"Furthermore, the Colombia FTA rewards a country whose record of violence against union organizers is nothing short of disgraceful.
"I intend to spend much of the Easter recess discussing this flawed agreement with my constituents and reiterating my commitment to protecting American jobs and workers. The future of our economy and legacy as an unwavering defender of human rights is at stake.
"As I said yesterday, it is imperative that the Democratic leadership uses all the tools in its power to ensure the flawed Colombia FTA is not enacted."