NAFTA to the Middle East and the Amazon? - Call Now!
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Despite a razor thin 1 vote margin after the huge fight over CAFTA, the Bush administration is now recklessly trying to expand NAFTA to the South American country of Peru and the Middle Eastern country of Oman. The deals are 95% identical to CAFTA and NAFTA, so we know it will mean more lost jobs, more factories going overseas, more farmers going bankrupt, and more power for corporations to attack our health and environmental laws.
The deals could be introduced for a vote at any time, but Congress, with elections just around the corner, does not want to have to vote on more bad trade deals, so we can stop Bush in his tracks if we flood Congress with calls right now.
When you reach your representative's office, ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues.
Tell them you think expanding NAFTA to Oman and Peru is a bad idea and ask them for your representative's position on the deal. Ask for a written statement of their position to be sent you by email or regular mail. Use some of the talking points below; if you have a local or personal story that shows the damage caused by a bad trade agreement, use it to illustrate your concerns.
Talking Points on the U.S.-Peru and U.S.-Oman NAFTA expansions
* More NAFTA will be bad for our economy. With the highest trade deficit ever, and ever more outsourcing, we can't afford any more NAFTA-like trade deals. We need to change this broken trade model!
* Why are there no enforceable labor standards? Peru's president suggested including workers' rights in the deal, but the Bush administration rejected that idea. The situation in Oman is even worst as most basic worker’s rights such as collective bargaining and the formation of independent unions are illegal. Yet the Oman "free trade" agreement contains no mechanism allowing the U.S. to press Oman to improve its existing “labor” laws.
*The U.S.-Peru deal threatens the upper Amazon basin, the most biodiverse area on earth: The investment rules in the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement could allow foreign investors to challenge environmental laws, a process which could chill desperately needed efforts to protect the environment in the Amazon. Ecological treasures shouldn’t be handed over to short-sighted corporate interests.
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After you've called, tell us what they said! Use the form below to let us know that you made a call about the U.S.-Oman and U.S.-Peru deals. If you are told anything interesting, let us know. This is critical to our ability to hold Congress accountable.