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Final Fast Track Legislation Passes House at 3 AM

The US House of Representatives voted on the final bill to give George W. Bush 'Fast Track' trade negotiating authority last night at 3 AM EDT. It passed by a vote of 220 to 200.

Midsummer Night's Massacre:

Controversial 304-page "Trade Bill," which Few Have Read, Is Rammed Through Congress at 3:30 AM by Razor Thin Margin

Statement of Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch:

This travesty of a vote will be remembered as the Midsummer Night's Massacre, where growing popular concern about corporate-led globalization was shot down in favor of a backwards policy combining corporate managed trade and global deregulation of basic consumer, environmental and other public interest standards.

Over the past decade, public opposition to NAFTA-style trade deals has grown so strong that now the only way to move this policy is to ram through at 3:00 a.m. in the dark of night 304 pages of legislation combining five different trade bills which was unavailable for public or congressional review until hours before the vote.

This Fast Track bill is supposed to set the next five years of U.S. trade and globalization policy. If U.S. negotiators follow the outrageous agenda in this bill, including a 31-nation NAFTA expansion and global deregulation of food safety, accounting, energy and other standards, the resulting agreements would be dead on arrival in Congress and in the court of public opinion.

A tidal wave of hypocrisy ripped through Washington's wee hours. It has been a tawdry spectacle to watch the GOP House leadership and President Bush ramming through a "trade" bill which has as its main agenda promoting massive global corporate deregulation just hours after crowing about passage of new regulations aimed at the corporate crime wave caused by the very sort of deregulation this bill promotes globally.

The trade package included authorization to negotiate a 31-nation Free Trade Area of the Americas NAFTA expansion, new limits on enforcement of labor or environmental standards in trade agreements, a modest Trade Adjustment Assistance program, and an expansion to more nations of the investor-to-state lawsuits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which allows foreign corporations to challenge domestic regulatory standards before trade tribunals if they limit future expected profits.


How Oregon Representatives Voted:

Blumenauer: No
DeFazio: No
Hooley: No
Walden: Yes
Wu: No

homepage: homepage: http://clerkweb.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2002&rollnumber=370
phone: phone: 503-236-7916
address: address: 616 E Burnside

TIME FOR A REVOLUTION 27.Jul.2002 15:06


time for a revolution


What's up with Walden? 27.Jul.2002 16:26


I called Greg Walden's office and I thought he was going to be cool and vote against Fast Track.
What good does he do ?
This vote was not good.
Public Accountability is in order.
"We'll be back"

Walden is a loser... We have an alternative! 27.Jul.2002 18:46


Greg Walden represents the interests of corporations. He is bought and paid for. The only way to change him is to give him money. Unfortunately ordinary people do not have enough money to buy this loser. Its that simple. He is a whore for corporate Amerika, and it cannot be said any more clearly....


Peter Buckley is a fresh new choice. He is running against Walden for Representative to the United States Congress. This is big. If all small farmers will realize that Walden's agenda is for BIG AGRICULTURE and not them, and if all ordinary working people join up too, we can send this loser to pasture for good... Its time!!! Here is Peter Buckley's Web Page. And please help share Mr. Buckley's vision. It is a good one!


Southern Oregon

What to Expect 28.Jul.2002 10:09

Robert G. Gourley

This vote, and the manner by which it occurred, stands as evidence of what to expect when the GOP controlled House deals with future trade deals. It seems to me the only logic response to tactics like these is a massive campaign to remove from the House all who wish to employe them.