Julie Pace, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to hold up final passage of three coveted free trade agreements unless lawmakers agree to expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.
Public Citizen Three NAFTA-style trade agreements. Three different ways to harm livelihoods and the environment. All negotiated by President Bush. All give rights to multinational companies to demand payment of your tax dollars when our democratically decided policies affect their ability to maximize profits at any cost. President Obama campaigned and won by telling you that he would overhaul Bush’s failed trade policies. Instead, he’s flip-flopped and is now pushing for congressional passage of all three of Bush’s NAFTA-style trade deals with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. This Obama triple NAFTA-expansion package is bad politics, and awful policy. Go to tradewatch.org to learn more.
Carol Wolf, Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- U.S. ports are using as much as $48.1 million in federal grants carrying “Buy American” provisions to buy cranes made in China, Finland and Germany.
Ambreen Ali, Roll Call Some tea party organizations have been quietly trading notes with left-leaning advocacy groups as both sides work to derail a series of upcoming free-trade agreements.
Phyllis Schlafly, Canada Free Press The first debate of the 2012 presidential race, with personalized, provocative questions planned by Fox News, was good political entertainment, but somehow didn’t get around to tackling two of the biggest issues. They are: how do the candidates plan to replace the millions of U.S. middle-class jobs that have gone overseas, and what will the candidates do about the millions of illegal aliens in our country.
By DAVID MACARAY On May 4, over the strenuous objections of organized labor, President Obama announced that the U.S. intends to sign an ambitious and expanded free trade agreement with the government of Colombia. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka described the treaty thus: “The action plan does not go nearly far enough in laying out concrete benchmarks for progress in the areas of violence and impunity, nor does it address many of the ways in which Colombian labor law falls short of international standards.”
Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The streets around John Sandberg’s furniture factory are dotted with the shuttered shells of manufacturers that have closed or left town. But the Sandberg family, woodworkers for four generations, has found ways to keep Sandberg Furniture Co., about 5 miles south of Los Angeles, going despite foreign competition, the nation’s stiffest environmental laws, and the housing industry collapse. For one of the state’s oldest furniture manufacturers, a maker of moderately priced bedroom furniture, survival is a matter of adaptability, Chief Executive John Sandberg said.
Doug Palmer, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. labor group wants President Barack Obama's administration to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain over human rights abuses in the kingdom's crackdown on anti-government protests.
Senators Told Lax Enforcement of Trade Laws Costing U.S. Jobs and Revenue Members of a Senate Finance subcommittee were told yesterday that enforcement of American trade laws to prevent customs fraud and duty evasion is a huge problem that is costing the nation more lost jobs and millions of dollars that should be in the U.S. Treasury.
Michael Whitney, Firedog Lake The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. David Dayen previewed this news yesterday, explaining that at a minimum, a quarter million American jobs are at risk.