The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) will push wage levels down throughout the Americas, block needed environmental reforms, and limit access by poor Central Americans to HIV/AIDS medicines. Many in Congress recognized this, and so despite pressure the Bush administration to ease its passage, CAFTA was only passed by a razor thin 217-215 margin on July 27th, 2005.
While it was a close vote, the outcome won't be different on future CAFTA-like votes unless we thank those congressional representatives who voted the right way and hold accountable those who wrongly voted for CAFTA.
TAKE ACTION: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative.
Don't know who your representative is?
When you reach your representative's office, ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues.
If your representative voted FOR CAFTA: Tell the office that you are extremely disappointed in their vote. Ask them why the congressperson voted that way and request a letter explaining their CAFTA vote.
If your representative voted AGAINST CAFTA: Tell the office that you are very thankful for their vote, and want to be sure that they will be consistent in opposing any future trade agreements like CAFTA that will be harmful to working people and the environment. Ask them for the major reasons why they voted against CAFTA and request a letter explaining their CAFTA vote.
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Is there a CAFTA DAMAGE REPORT for your representative?
After you've called, tell us what they said! Use the form below to let us know what the office tells you. This is critical to our ability to hold Congress accountable on CAFTA and on future trade deals.