FAST TRACK NEWS FLASH
HOUSE DIDN'T HAVE VOTES TO SEND HOUSE BILL TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
GET READY FOR THE JULY 4TH RECESS!!!
Wash Post June 21--The Chair of the House Rules Committee, Rep. David Dreier (R
CA), admitted that the House "leadership was continuing to 'address the concerns' raised
by rebellious members of the rank and file, and it was not clear when they would vote."
This means we have another chance to get our NO FAST TRACK message to House members
directly to the July 4th recess from July 1-7. Let them hear the "NO Fast Track" message loud
Find out your Representatives' schedules when they is back in the district during the 4th of
July recess. Track them down and ask him how they plan to vote on Fast Track. Hold up signs
and banners saying "Vote No on Fast Track." Have some fun being political.
The bill has been passed by both the House and Senate and now has to go to a conference
committee to reconcile the differences. When the revised Fast Track bill comes back to the
House, this is our big chance. Last December, Fast Track passed in the House by just one vote.
In the Senate, the bill passed by a much larger margin as expected, but important new issues got
debated for the first time. Senator Kerry offered an amendment to undercut the right of
corporations to sue governments in new trade agreements which received 40 votes. Then
Senator Corzine offered an amendment to protect essential public services which received 49
votes, just 2 short of passsage.
Also keep calling your Representatives. Thank them if they opposed Fast Track last year. If they
voted for it, make sure they have good reasons to reconsider.
Make sure you tell them that these trade agreements are not just about goods crossing borders.
They now include all kinds of services, even essential public services like drinking water as the
leaked EU GATS requests make clear, and they are a threat to local democratic authority.
REMEMBER, THE SECOND HOUSE VOTE IS OURS TO WIN!
WHY? The mood of Congress has changed since Fast Track scraped through the House last
December. On June 20th, they couldn't even muster the votes to send it to the conference
committee. The Chair of the House Rules Committee, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), admitted that
the House "leadership was continuing to 'address the concerns' raised by rebellious members of
the rank and file, and it was not clear when they would vote."
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!