713 Organizations Say "NO" to Fast Track
Dear Fair Trade Supporter,
Like most Americans, you probably don't trust the Bush administration to have more authority over anything — much less the future of globalization! And you are not alone.
|The man whose administration's theme song is Abuse of Power has asked Congress to grant him more of this extraordinary new Fast Track authority. Take action now!|
Last week, 713 organizations — national and local labor, environmental, family farm, faith, civil rights, consumer and others — from every part of the country sent a letter urging the Democratic leadership in Congress "to take all possible actions to ensure that the Bush Administration is not provided with the authority to determine the direction and terms of our nation's engagement with the global economy."
Read the letter here (PDF), and the press release here.
Will you join your voice to the call for fair trade by contacting your representative and senators about making sure "Fast Track" trade negotiating authority is ended for good? Take action here: http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6795
We have a once-in-a-decade opportunity before us to turn around our disastrous trade policy! President Bush's grant of Fast Track authority — the undemocratic Nixon-era law that transfers Congress' constitutionally-mandated control over U.S. trade agreements to the White House — sunsets June 30, 2007.
The man whose administration's theme song is Abuse of Power has asked Congress to grant him more of this extraordinary new Fast Track authority. He's gearing up a campaign to try to squeeze the Democratic Congress. (For more information, see our previous e-mail action alert.)
The problem is not just Bush, but Fast Track itself. Fast Track lets presidents unilaterally pick the countries with which we will negotiate, set the agreements' terms, and even sign the agreement — all before Congress votes or the public has any say. This lets a few special interests call the shots, and then greases even the worst agreement through Congress — since Fast Track also bans all amendments, and forces votes even if the Democratic leadership does not want the agreement on the floor. Fast Track is how we got into NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO.
The national sign-on letter sent last week conveys the strong opposition from the entire Democratic base to granting President Bush any more authority over trade policy. It also asks the new Democratic majority to ensure that no more Bush NAFTA/CAFTA type trade agreements move — including those proposed with Colombia, Peru, Panama and South Korea.
Our voices need to be heard ASAP, as the administration is using every sneaky tactic possible to try to revive its damaging trade agenda, despite the clear message you sent by electing so many new fair-trade champions to Congress.
If you haven't yet, now is the time to contact your representative and senators about fair trade! You can take action here: http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6795
Want to do more? Now is the best time to try to get some face-to-face time with your representative — as they are at home for their Spring District Work Period until April 15th. Ask for a meeting with them or show up at a town hall meeting! You can get some tips and talking points for meetings and bird-dogging on our website here: http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3307
Thank you for taking action!
Global Trade Watch
For more information about Fast Track, click here: http://www.citizen.org/trade/fasttrack/
For more information about the Peru and Colombia trade deals, click here: http://www.citizen.org/trade/afta/