What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Enable the President to Place International Trade Agreements Above Worker and Environmental Protections.
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HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Enable the President to Place International Trade Agreements Above Worker and Environmental Protections.
senate Roll Call 207     Aug 01, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The Bush administration considered acquiring "fast track" authority to be one of its primary legislative goals in 2002. The authority gave the president the power to submit trade agreements to Congress for approval with no amendments allowed. Without the ability to change the trade agreements, Congress would lose much of its power with regard to these pieces of legislation. Fast track was attached to a larger bill that also lowered a number of tariffs and extended a program to help workers displaced by trade agreements. Progressives opposed the bill because they feared fast track would result in trade agreements that weakened or ignored labor and environmental regulations. Many members would feel pressured to vote for the trade bill despite disagreeing with specific provisions. Progressives also disagreed with the tariff reductions in the bill, which they felt would contribute to a loss of American jobs to factories overseas. Though most Democrats and even a handful of Republicans shared these concerns, the bill passed, 64-34, and moved next to the president to be signed into law.

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