Updates

06/17/11
Wisconsin Ag Connection The leader of the Wisconsin Farmers Union says free trade agreements promise to deliver prosperity, but historically have been a bad deal for American workers and farmers. In a statement to the media on Thursday, WFU President Darin Von Ruden said his group strongly opposes the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and urges Congress to do the same.
06/17/11
David Boyer, The Washington Times A rift between the Obama White House and one of its key political constituencies widened Thursday as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stepped up his criticism of the administration’s proposed free-trade deal with Colombia.
06/16/11
Facing South President Obama pledged to create new jobs during a visit yesterday to a high-tech lighting manufacturer in North Carolina, but the destruction of jobs unfolding at another lighting plant next door in Tennessee illustrates how U.S. trade policy is complicating those efforts.
06/16/11
Stephanie Kraft, Valley Advocate Bernie Sanders, the Independent (and self-styled socialist) U.S. senator from Vermont, has given the country a present. It was planned as a Fourth of July present, but it's ready ahead of schedule.
06/16/11
The Columbus Dispatch Sen. Sherrod Brown officially broke with President Barack Obama today on the issue of trade, saying the president “is wrong’’ by supporting free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
06/16/11
CPA Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) today released the following statement on the planned consideration of the South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement:
06/15/11
Justin Petruccelli, Fountain Valley Patch A resolution by Republican State Sen. Tom Harman in support of the U.S.- South Korea Free Trade Agreeement was rejected Monday by members of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.
06/15/11
Ralph E. Stone, Fog City Journal The Obama administration announced last month that it would not seek Congressional approval of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia until Republicans agree to expand assistance to American workers who might lose jobs as a result. The U.S.-Colombia FTA was negotiated under U.S. Trade Promotion Authority, which means that it can be approved or disapproved by Congress, but Congress cannot amend it. FTAs are nothing more than dollar imperialism. That is, a major economic power — the U.S. — taking unfair advantage of a recovering economy.
06/15/11
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Mike Michaud, Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, issued the following statement after sitting down with Colombian workers who told him that realities on the ground in Colombia don’t mesh with the Obama Administration’s “Action Plan Related to Labor Rights.” On Monday, June 13th, the United States Trade Representative touted that Colombia has met the milestones set out in the action plan.
06/14/11
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen Whether schizophrenic or cynical, the reality is that we have the Dr. Jekyll administration saying that we need to boost manufacturing jobs while the Mr. Hyde administration is about to submit to Congress the U.S-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which government studies show will slam seven key U.S. manufacturing sectors.

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