Updates

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.
06/13/11
Amanda Gillooly, Baldwin Whitehall-Patch U.S. Senator Bob Casey, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today met with local manufacturers in Washington County to discuss strategies to strengthen the manufacturing industry and help Pennsylvania recover jobs lost to foreign competition and unfair trade practices.
06/13/11
Steve Bennish, Springfield News-Sun A bipartisan legislative group is pushing for a crackdown on foreign trade cheats blamed by an increasingly vocal Congress for undercutting American industry and suppressing job recovery in recession-ravaged states like Ohio.
06/13/11
Steve Hughes, Ray Kenny, Frank Rouse, Salem Statesman-Journal Congressman Kurt Schrader seems to be confused. On the one hand, he says he opposes trade deals that extend greater rights to foreign investors than exist for Oregonians doing business in our state. On the other hand, he is supporting a massive new free trade agreement with South Korea that does just that.
06/13/11
Letter To The Editor, Saginaw News Regarding the story “Gov. Snyder co-signs letter supporting trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea” by Kathryn Lynch-Morin: Though talk surrounding the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama majorly casts them in a rosy light, politicians such as Gov. Snyder and corporate interests conveniently neglect to mention the high costs of these agreements for the working class, and the environment in the United States as well as abroad.
06/11/11
Karl Rusnak, Economy in Crisis The simple fact is that most Americans do not want new NAFTA-like trade agreements.
06/11/11
Daniel Larison, The American Conservative Voters are more bearish on trade deals than the business class that want them. Even some Republican voters aren’t sure if they want new trade deals. But no Republican voter wants a “radical” who believes in “world government” to get a promotion. You’ve got an elite argument and a populist argument, pushed from different sides, working in tandem. ~Dave Weigel
06/11/11
Daniel Sayani, New American Yet another free trade agreement is in the works, as Congress debates the Republic of Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (also known as KORUS FTA), which would, upon ratification, eliminate 95 percent of each nation's tariffs on goods within five years.
06/11/11
Ed Silverman, Pharmalot Adding his voice to a growing chorus of criticism over US trade policy on pharmaceuticals, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has written a stern letter to US President Barack Obama to complain that recent efforts by the US Trade Representative to negotiate various trade agreements could threaten healthcare programs serving vulnerable populations in the US.

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