Despite our best efforts, the Bush administration was able to pass
the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (OFTA) through the House of Representatives by a narrow 221-205 margin on Thursday, July 20th, 2006.
The administration tried to sell the U.S. Oman trade agreement (OFTA) as a "foreign policy initiative" — trying to argue that foisting NAFTA expansion on a country is a sign of U.S. friendship. But, we knew better what to expect of the Bush administration's approach — it's all about the big corporations close to the White House such as Big Oil and Gas, Dow Chemical and Wal-Mart.
The closer than expected outcome means that Congress is nervous about considering the next NAFTA-clone trade deals that the Bush administration wants to foist on them – with the South American countries of Peru and Colombia. But the outcome won’t be different next time unless we hold our representatives accountable for their votes on Oman – and be sure to thank those who voted the right way.
1) Check to see how your representative voted on the U.S-Oman Trade Agreement (OFTA): http://action.citizen.org/scorecard/
(Who's your rep? Click here to find out: http://action.citizen.org/getLocal.jsp)
2) Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative.
When you reach your representative's office, ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues.
If your representative voted FOR the Oman trade deal: 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 Oman trade deal vote.
If your representative voted AGAINST the Oman trade deal: 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 the Oman trade deal, or CAFTA, that will be harmful to working people, the environment, and our national security. Ask them for the major reasons why they voted against the Oman trade deal and request a letter explaining their Oman trade deal vote.
Want more information about the Oman trade deal? Check out:
--The Citizens Trade Campaign Oman FTA archive
--Our Original Oman FTA Fact Sheet
--Our Final Action Alert on the Oman FTA
3) 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 the Oman trade deal, and on future trade deals.