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Under Cover of "War"
18 Sep 2001
Now Representative Thomas is
trying to quickly push through this unpopular legislation while the rest of the country grieves for the loss of 5,000 fellow citizens
Republicans Pushing Quick Action on Fast Track

In an unconscionable and sleazy effort to use the crisis of September 11 to
further an unpopular agenda, Representative Bill Thomas (R-CA), chair of the
powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is pushing for quick approval of
"fast track" legislation. Fast track would give President Bush the
authority to negotiate broad trade agreements, including the proposed Free
Trade Area of the Americas. Under fast track, Congress would have only
limited time to debate proposed treaties and would be restricted to a simple
up-down vote without the possibility of offering amendments.

Before the national tragedy on September 11, Republicans floated fast track,
but decided against introducing legislation because, by their own count,
they lacked sufficient votes to pass it. Now Representative Thomas is
trying to quickly push through this unpopular legislation while the rest of
the country grieves for the loss of 5,000 fellow citizens. Even cynical
Washington observers, accustomed to the machinations of self-serving
politicians, find the actions of Rep. Thomas reprehensible.

- Please call Rep. Thomas at 202-225-2915 and tell him that this is not the
time to introduce divisive legislation on fast track.

- Please call your Representatives (Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121) and
ask them to publicly denounce the cynical and inappropriate actions of Rep.
Thomas.

Thomas may introduce fast track legislation as soon as the week of Sept.
24th, so please call today.

For more information or to join the struggle against the FTAA, contact the
Alliance for Responsible Trade at msn (at) mexicosolidarity.org.
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