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 Defeat a Motion to Prevent the 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 Defeat a Motion to Prevent the Consideration of Two Free Trade Agreements (Between the U.S. and Chile and the U.S. and Singapore).
house Roll Call 414     Jul 23, 2003
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N = Progressive
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In a previous vote (Roll Call Vote #413), two free trade agreements-one between the U.S. and Chile and the other between the U.S. and Singapore-cleared a procedural hurdle and were allowed to proceed in the legislative process. Before those bills could be debated upon on the House floor, however, rules for debate needed to be adopted to set guidelines for floor consideration. Progressives objected to the rules of debate on those two trade measures because, in their view, the two-hours allotted in the rule for the consideration of both bills on the House floor (the bills were to be considered simultaneously) provided insufficient time to adequately debate issues of free trade such as labor and environmental protections and the potential loss of U.S. jobs those trade agreements may cause. Based on their concern for the limited amount of time available for debate, Representative Hastings (D-FL) motioned reconsider (hold another vote on) the previous vote to proceed to the trade bills. The subject of this vote was a motion offered by Congressman Dreier (R-CA) to table (strike down) the Hastings motion to reconsider the previous vote to proceed. Progressives voted in opposition to the tabling motion in an effort to uphold the Hastings motion and impel Republicans to provide additional time for debate on the trade agreements. On a nearly party-line vote of 223-201, Dreier's tabling motion was adopted, the Hastings motion was therefore defeated, and the motion to proceed to the trade bills (Roll Call Vote #413) was sustained.

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