Updates

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.
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.

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