Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NAFTA Expands to Peru in House Vote - Most Democrats Vote “No”

In the aftermath of congressional approval of expansion of NAFTA to Peru, Global Trade Watch is asking people to write letters to the editor of their local paper thanking, or criticizing, their representatives for their vote on the measure, and to call their senators to ask where they stand on the measure.

In the final roll call, 116 democrats voted “No,” including nearly three-fourth of freshman, despite great pressure by some of the party leadership. Those who voted “No” also passed up campaign cash from corporation PACs backing the Peru FTA, including Citigroup, Wal-Mart and Chevron.

The Peru deal now moves on to the Senate, where it will face a lot of opposition from freshmen Democrats and others who campaigned on fair trade. Take a moment to call or write an e-mail to your senators asking them where they stand and asking for a “No” vote. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or toll free at 800-828-0498.

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