What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : H.R. 2738, H.R. 2739. U.S.-Chile Trade and U.S. Singapore Trade/Vote to Allow Consideration of Two Free Trade Agreements (Between the U.S. and Chile and the U.S. and Singapore).
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H.R. 2738, H.R. 2739. U.S.-Chile Trade and U.S. Singapore Trade/Vote to Allow Consideration of Two Free Trade Agreements (Between the U.S. and Chile and the U.S. and Singapore).
house Roll Call 413     Jul 23, 2003
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N = Progressive
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On July 31, 2003, the Senate adopted two separate bills intended to promote free trade between the U.S. and Chile and the U.S. and Singapore. The subject of this vote was a motion to move the previous question to allow consideration of those two trade bills in the House. Progressives voted in opposition to both trade agreements on three grounds. First, they argued, the trade agreements would exacerbate the trade deficit in the United States (a trade "deficit" in this context means that the U.S. annually pays more money for imported products-those made in other countries-than it earns in exporting U.S.-made goods to those countries). Second, Progressives noted that similar free-trade agreements (such as NAFTA) have enabled U.S. firms to export jobs to other countries at the expense of U.S. workers. Third, Progressives contended that free-trade agreements (like the proposals under consideration here) weaken labor protections for U.S. workers and encourage environmental degradation by allowing corporations unfettered access to commodities in pristine natural environments. For these reasons, Progressives voted against the motion to proceed to the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore trade bills. On a nearly party-line vote of 226-200, the motion to move the previous question was adopted and the two trade bills were allowed to proceed in the legislative process.

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