FAST TRACK ACTION ALERT/MEMORIAL DAY RECESS
noimage TRACK DOWN YOUR REPRESENTATIVE DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY RECESS (5/24/02 6/3/02)

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET THE 'NO FAST TRACK' MESSAGE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Fast Track passed the Senate, as we always knew it would, and you know what that means - a second House Fast Track vote where we can take back our stolen 2001 victory!! Before your House Representative votes on Fast Track again, the whole Congress is home for MEMORIAL DAY RECESS. They MUST hear from you during this time to let them know just how seriously you want them to OPPOSE FAST TRACK!

We managed to hold off the Senate vote for MONTHS, thanks to your good work. Plus, the bill that eventually passed the Senate is different from the bill that passed the House last year meaning that the two different versions will have to be merged in a "conference committee." Then a final merged bill goes back to the House for a second vote. We've been looking forward to this opportunity since the Fast Track Bill passed the House by JUST ONE VOTE last year!

THE SECOND HOUSE VOTE IS OURS TO WIN!

WHY? The mood of Congress has changed since Fast Track scraped through the House last December. Some Members of Congress want to switch their votes this time around. There were a few who only voted for Fast Track because they "wanted to support the wartime President." There were a few who got deals and promises in exchange for their votes - deals that haven't panned out and promises that have been broken. We can and must switch these votes! And then there are a few more Members who did the right thing and opposed Fast Track last December, but have gotten so much pressure from the Administration and from Big Bizness, that they're now thinking of supporting it. We can and must hold on to these Members!

HOW? Your Representative will be doing many public events during the memorial Day Recess (5/24/02-6/3/02). Call the District Office and ask for the schedule. (Go to www.house.gov to get their website and district listing.) Then gather your friends and colleagues and make yourselves visible and heard! Organize an 'Accountability Squad' to show up and make their Fast Track vote an issue at every event you can with signs and questions.

Thank them if they opposed Fast Track last year. If they voted for it, make sure they have good reasons to reconsider. The House vote is at the end of this posting.

NOW is also the time to write OpEds and letters to the editor to place in local papers.

TALKING POINTS

***Fast Track railroads democracy by giving away Congress' constitutionally-mandated responsibility to oversee trade agreements and forcing Congress to vote up or down with no amendments and only 20 hours of debate on agreements the President brings back already signed, sealed and delivered. This is the same process that led to devastating trade agreements like NAFTA and the WTO!

***The current Fast Track bill (H.R. 3005) is a slap in the face to the concerns we have raised over and over. It does not address the issues of labor and environment in any meaningful way, nor does it beef up Congress' role in trade to hold negotiators accountable and stop NAFTA type deals. In fact, language by Senator Phil Graham ( R - TX) guts even the inadequate labor and environment language in the bill by saying that governments don't even have to follow THEIR OWN labor and environmental laws AND that trade sanctions CANNOT be employed to force countries to adhere to MINIMUM labor and environmental standards. Attempts to remove the Graham language in the Senate failed. Make sure your Representative knows this language is still in the bill.

***The White House actively worked to kill the Kerry Amendment (aimed at dealing with the NAFTA Ch. 11 issues). They pulled out all the stops and the Kerry Amendment was voted down 40-56. Make sure your Representative understands that this means trade agreements can continue to give foreign investors significant rights to protect their profits denied to domestic investors.

***Senator Corzine's amendment to protect significant public services from privatization got strong support in the Senate with 47 YES votes, just 2 votes short of passage. Make sure your Representative understands that Fast Track is a threat to the survival of essential public services such as municipal water systems, the postal system and even social security. For more on services go to http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/globalization and click on "GATS and WTO new issues." For more on the Corzine amendment click on "No to FTAA."


MORE BACKGROUND

After Lengthy Senate Schlep, Trade Bill Heads to Messy Conference and an Uncertain Final House Vote on Whatever Might Emerge

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

Senate final passage of the Fast Track package by a wide margin has been a foregone conclusion. (Senate trade votes are always lopsided: the '94 Uruguay Round/ WTO vote was 69-31 and the 2000 China PNTR vote was 83-15.) What is historic about this trade bill is its difficult path in the Senate and its uncertain fate in the House.

Given that the Senate has always been a well-greased legislative luge run for trade bills, the four long weeks of debate is unprecedented, to say nothing of an array of thorny amendments that make up the ingredients for the conference from hell. Yet, given what looms next, that was the easy part. Now the package jumps into a swamp of a conference. And then, if a deal emerges, that final bill faces an uphill battle to obtain a House majority. Fast Track squeaked by in late 2001 by only one vote after extraordinary procedural and pork barrel maneuvers.

But first, the conference faces many contentious issues. The Dayton-Craig trade law amendment was supported by 16 GOP senators among 68 who voted not to table it. It has broad support among the House rank-and-file and House Democratic leaders while GOP leaders and the White House seek to remove it. It would provide a modest speed bump on Senate review of a trade bill if, and only if, Congress' negotiating objectives on trade law were ignored by the executive branch. It is seen as a signal of Congress' intent to restore checks and balances to its delegation of Congress' exclusive constitutional trade authority.

Meanwhile, as some conservative House GOP members hint that they will return to their traditional Fast Track opposition, the issues that led House "free trade" Democrats to oppose Fast Track in 2001 remain. The demise of the Kerry Amendment, aimed at keeping the NAFTA Chapter 11 model out of future pacts, means key swing House Democrats will maintain Fast Track opposition. The demise of the Lieberman Amendment means the so-called "Gramm" language, which guts the House Fast Track bill's already-pathetic labor and environmental provisions by removing the enforcement terms and the obligation of countries to enforce their own labor and environmental laws, remains in the bill. The White House never did seek the Unemployment Insurance Reform (including COBRA help for laid-off workers) demanded by New Democrats last year as a condition for considering Fast Track, and the special assistance for airline, hospitality and other workers hurt by 9/11 demanded by some of the key swing Democrats also was never forthcoming.

Meanwhile, some key GOP lawmakers are adamant that Senate Trade Adjustment Assistance provisions be cut back. But many House and Senate members demand that the Senate definition of "secondary workers," which cut from TAA downstream workers (including Teamster truck drivers threatened by NAFTA open border trucking), be broadened.If a deal emerges from conference, it faces a second House vote haunted by the ghosts of trade votes past. Last week, Rep. Tom Sawyer (D-Ohio), a 16-year incumbent, lost a primary to a 26-year-old state assemblyman over one and only one thing: permanent constituent rage about Sawyer's 1993 pro-NAFTA vote.

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Roll Call Vote No. 481 Tally

Yea : 215 Members
Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Sonny Callahan (R-AL)
Terry Everett (R-AL)
Bob Riley (R-AL)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Vic Snyder (D-AR)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
John Shadegg (R-AZ)
Bob Stump (R-AZ)
Mary Bono (R-CA)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Christopher Cox (R-CA)
Randy Cunningham (R-CA)
Susan Davis (D-CA)
Calvin Dooley (D-CA)
John Doolittle (R-CA)
David Dreier (R-CA)
Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
Wally Herger (R-CA)
Steve Horn (R-CA)
Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Howard McKeon (R-CA)
Gary Miller (R-CA)
Doug Ose (R-CA)
Richard Pombo (R-CA)
George Radanovich (R-CA)
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Ed Royce (R-CA)
William Thomas (R-CA)
Joel Hefley (R-CO)
Scott McInnis (R-CO)
Bob Schaffer (R-CO)
Thomas Tancredo (R-CO)
Nancy Johnson (R-CT)
Christopher Shays (R-CT)
Michael Castle (R-DE)
Michael Bilirakis (R-FL)
Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Jim Davis (D-FL)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Porter Goss (R-FL)
Ric Keller (R-FL)
John Mica (R-FL)
Dan Miller (R-FL)
Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
E. Clay Shaw (R-FL)
Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
Dave Weldon (R-FL)
C.W. Young (R-FL)
Bob Barr (R-GA)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Michael Collins (R-GA)
Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Jack Kingston (R-GA)
John Linder (R-GA)
Greg Ganske (R-IA)
Tom Latham (R-IA)
Jim Leach (R-IA)
Jim Nussle (R-IA)
C.L. Otter (R-ID)
Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Judy Biggert (R-IL)
Philip Crane (R-IL)
J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
Henry Hyde (R-IL)
Timothy Johnson (R-IL)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Ray LaHood (R-IL)
Donald Manzullo (R-IL)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
Jerry Weller (R-IL)
Dan Burton (R-IN)
Steve Buyer (R-IN)
Baron Hill (D-IN)
Brian Kerns (R-IN)
Mike Pence (R-IN)
Mark Souder (R-IN)
Dennis Moore (D-KS)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Jim Ryun (R-KS)
Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
Ernest Lee Fletcher (R-KY)
Ron Lewis (R-KY)
Ken Lucas (D-KY)
Anne Northup (R-KY)
Edward Whitfield (R-KY)
Richard Baker (R-LA)
John Cooksey (R-LA)
William Jefferson (D-LA)
Chris John (D-LA)
Jim McCrery (R-LA)
W.J. Tauzin (R-LA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Robert Ehrlich (R-MD)
Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)
Connie Morella (R-MD)
Dave Camp (R-MI)
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Joseph Knollenberg (R-MI)
Michael Rogers (R-MI)
Nick Smith (R-MI)
Fred Upton (R-MI)
Gil Gutknecht (R-MN)
Mark Kennedy (R-MN)
Jim Ramstad (R-MN)
Todd Akin (R-MO)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)
Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Charles Pickering (R-MS)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Dennis Rehberg (R-MT)
Cass Ballenger (R-NC)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
Robin Hayes (R-NC)
Sue Myrick (R-NC)
Doug Bereuter (R-NE)
Tom Osborne (R-NE)
Lee Terry (R-NE)
Charles Bass (R-NH)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Michael Ferguson (R-NJ)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Jim Saxton (R-NJ)
Joe Skeen (R-NM)
Heather Wilson (R-NM)
James Gibbons (R-NV)
Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)
Vito Fossella (R-NY)
Felix Grucci (R-NY)
Amory Houghton (R-NY)
Sue Kelly (R-NY)
Peter King (R-NY)
Thomas Reynolds (R-NY)
John Sweeney (R-NY)
John Boehner (R-OH)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Paul Gillmor (R-OH)
David Hobson (R-OH)
Bob Ney (R-OH)
Michael Oxley (R-OH)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
Patrick Tiberi (R-OH)
Brad Carson (D-OK)
Ernest Istook (R-OK)
Steve Largent (R-OK)
Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Wes Watkins (R-OK)
J.C. Watts (R-OK)
Greg Walden (R-OR)
Philip English (R-PA)
George Gekas (R-PA)
Jim Greenwood (R-PA)
Melissa Hart (R-PA)
John Peterson (R-PA)
Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
Todd Platts (R-PA)
Don Sherwood (R-PA)
Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Henry Brown (R-SC)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
John Thune (R-SD)
Ed Bryant (R-TN)
Van Hilleary (R-TN)
William Jenkins (R-TN)
John Tanner (D-TN)
Zach Wamp (R-TN)
Richard Armey (R-TX)
Joe Barton (R-TX)
Ken Bentsen (D-TX)
Henry Bonilla (R-TX)
Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Larry Combest (R-TX)
John Culberson (R-TX)
Tom DeLay (R-TX)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
Ralph Hall (D-TX)
Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
Sam Johnson (R-TX)
Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Charles Stenholm (D-TX)
William Thornberry (R-TX)
Chris Cannon (R-UT)
James Hansen (R-UT)
James Matheson (D-UT)
Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Jo Ann Davis (R-VA)
Thomas Davis (R-VA)
Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
James Moran (D-VA)
Edward Schrock (R-VA)
Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Norman Dicks (D-WA)
Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)
Doc Hastings (R-WA)
George Nethercutt (R-WA)
Mark Green (R-WI)
Thomas Petri (R-WI)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Barbara Cubin (R-WY)

Nay : 214 Members
Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
Robert Cramer (D-AL)
Earl Hilliard (D-AL)
Marion Berry (D-AR)
Mike Ross (D-AR)
Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
Joe Baca (D-CA)
Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Lois Capps (D-CA)
Gary Condit (D-CA)
Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Sam Farr (D-CA)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Jane Harman (D-CA)
Michael Honda (D-CA)
Tom Lantos (D-CA)
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Robert Matsui (D-CA)
Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA)
George Miller (D-CA)
Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Hilda Solis (D-CA)
Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Diane Watson (D-CA)
Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
John Larson (D-CT)
James Maloney (D-CT)
Robert Simmons (R-CT)
F. Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Peter Deutsch (D-FL)
Mark Foley (R-FL)
Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Karen Thurman (D-FL)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
John Lewis (D-GA)
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
Charles Norwood (R-GA)
Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
Patsy Mink (D-HI)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Rod Blagojevich (D-IL)
Jerry Costello (D-IL)
Danny Davis (D-IL)
Lane Evans (D-IL)
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Jesse Jackson (D-IL)
William Lipinski (D-IL)
David Phelps (D-IL)
Bobby Rush (D-IL)
Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)
Julia Carson (D-IN)
Tim Roemer (D-IN)
Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
Harold Rogers (R-KY)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)
William Delahunt (D-MA)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Marty Meehan (D-MA)
Richard Neal (D-MA)
John Olver (D-MA)
John Tierney (D-MA)
Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Albert Wynn (D-MD)
Thomas Allen (D-ME)
John Baldacci (D-ME)
James Barcia (D-MI)
David Bonior (D-MI)
John Conyers (D-MI)
John Dingell (D-MI)
Peter Hoekstra (R-MI)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Sander Levin (D-MI)
Lynn Rivers (D-MI)
Bart Stupak (D-MI)
Bill Luther (D-MN)
Betty McCollum (D-MN)
James Oberstar (D-MN)
Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN)
William Clay (D-MO)
Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
Karen McCarthy (D-MO)
Ronnie Shows (D-MS)
Gene Taylor (D-MS)
Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
Eva Clayton (D-NC)
Howard Coble (R-NC)
Walter Jones (R-NC)
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
David Price (D-NC)
Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Melvin Watt (D-NC)
Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
Christopher Smith (R-NJ)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Benjamin Gilman (R-NY)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Steve Israel (D-NY)
John LaFalce (D-NY)
Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
John McHugh (R-NY)
Michael McNulty (D-NY)
Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Major Owens (D-NY)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY)
Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
James Walsh (R-NY)
Anthony David Weiner (D-NY)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Tony Hall (D-OH)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
Ralph Regula (R-OH)
Thomas Sawyer (D-OH)
Ted Strickland (D-OH)
James Traficant (D-OH)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
David Wu (D-OR)
Robert Borski (D-PA)
Robert Brady (D-PA)
William Coyne (D-PA)
Mike Doyle (D-PA)
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Joseph Hoeffel (D-PA)
Tim Holden (D-PA)
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)
Frank Mascara (D-PA)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Curt Weldon (R-PA)
Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
James Langevin (D-RI)
James Clyburn (D-SC)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Spratt (D-SC)
Bob Clement (D-TN)
John Duncan (R-TN)
Harold Ford (D-TN)
Bart Gordon (D-TN)
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Chet Edwards (D-TX)
Martin Frost (D-TX)
Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
Gene Green (D-TX)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Nicholas Lampson (D-TX)
Ron Paul (R-TX)
Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
Max Sandlin (D-TX)
Jim Turner (D-TX)
Rick Boucher (D-VA)
Virgil Goode (I-VA)
Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Brian Baird (D-WA)
Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Adam Smith (D-WA)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Thomas Barrett (D-WI)
Ron Kind (D-WI)
Jerry Kleczka (D-WI)
David Obey (D-WI)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Nick Rahall (D-WV)

Not Voting : 5 Members
Don Young (R-AK)
Carrie Meek (D-FL)
John Hostettler (R-IN)
Marge Roukema (R-NJ)
Jack Quinn (R-NY)


***Thanks to Public Citizen for material used in this alert.***


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