CAFTA faces tough vote in U.S. House
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Similar to the existing Canada, and Mexico, CAFTA would create a putting an end to most trade barriers between the United States and six additional countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.(NAFTA) among the U.S.,
The free trade agreement faces stiff opposition among Democrats. Many Republicans who represent agriculturalor industrial and southern textile states in Congress also have stated opposition to the bill. But with a Republican majority in the House large enough to ensure passage of CAFTA, party leaders are trying to shore up enough votes to ensure CAFTA's passage.
This has prompted last minute action by the President to lobby individual members of the House, reminding them that Central American countries have committed troops and other resources to fight the U.S.. Other Republican leaders have been using the party's traditional pro-business message and linking it to homeland security issues.
"Trade creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty and there's nothing like a stable society to fight terrorism and strengthen democracy, freedom and rule of law,", Speaker of the House, reportedly said at a news conference Tuesday.
But the opposition disagrees. CAFTA is "a bad deal for Central Americans and also for Latinos in this community... (with CAFTA) the exploitation of workers will continue in Central America," Democrat Representative Hilda Solis of Los Angeles said. Her views are common among Democrats, who are overwhelmingly against the treaty.
According to opponents of CAFTA, the current trend of American jobs being sent to foreign countries, particularly in the information technology sector, would greatly expand under the treaty.
"This will be a vote in the middle of the night. They'll keep the vote open for several hours, in violation of the rules. If it passes, it will be by fewer than five votes," predicted Rep., a Democrat from Ohio, according to a Washington Post report.
- Jim Abrams. "Bush lobbies Republicans on CAFTA bill" — , July 26, 2005
- "Bush presses for CAFTA as DeLay predicts win" — , July 26, 2005
- Katherine M. Skiba. "Tight vote expected in trade pact" — , July 26, 2005
- Paul Blustein and Mike Allen. "CAFTA's Upshot More Political Than Economic" — , July 26, 2005
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