Hearing of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee - Chairman's Statement: Central America Free Trade Agreement
"I am very concerned about the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). While I generally support free trade agreements and fully recognize the importance of exports to the agriculture industry, as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it is important that all producers share in the benefits of trade liberalization.
I am still examining the impacts of the CAFTA and I am particularly sensitive regarding the long-term impacts of the agreement that may alter certain U.S. farm programs. While many commodities in Georgia benefit from this agreement including cotton, free trade agreements should remain faithful to current U.S. policy and not restrict options available to Congress in future farm bills.
In the coming months, I plan to consult with my colleagues in the Senate and discuss my concerns with the United States Trade Representative. I would like to support the CAFTA, but as it currently stands I will vote against the agreement when it comes to the Floor."
-- Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)