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House Passes Fast Track--Where was Meehan?
27 Jul 2002
Modified: 28 Jul 2002
While the House of Representatives passed Fast Track by a 3-vote margin, Massachusetts Rep Marty Meehan failed to vote, despite promises to oppose it. Why?
At about 3:30 a.m. Friday night, Saturday morning, July 26/27, Fast Track passesd the House. The vote was 215 to 212, meaning that six representatives did not vote. One of these was Massachusetts Rep. Marty Meehan. At a press conference organized by the Boston Global Action Network on November 30 of this year, the second anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests, an aide from Representative Meehan's office pledged to vote against Fast Track.

So where was he last night? If Meehan and two others had voted no, it might have stopped this corporate power grab. Was he too busy to cast a vote? Too tired? Already back in Massachusetts to enjoy his weekend?

Right now, activists should focus on blocking Fast-Track in the Senate. In Massachusetts, aspiring Presidential candidate John Kerry is especially important to call--the AFL-CIO's toll-free Congressional hotline is 1-877-611-0063. But once the dust settles, Representative Meehan must be asked just where he was when this important vote was being rammed through.
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25 Reasons to vote Green
28 Jul 2002
The 25 dems who voted yes on fast-track:

ARKANSAS: Snyder
CALIFORNIA: Davis, Dooley, Harman, Tauscher
FLORIDA: Davis
INDIANA: Hill
KANSAS: Moore
KENTUCKY: Lucas
LOUISIANA: Jefferson, John
MISSOURI: Skelton
NORTH CAROLINA: Etheridge
OKLAHOMA: Carson
TENNESSEE: Ford, Tanner
TEXAS: Bentsen, Hall, Hinojosa, Stenholm
UTAH: Matheson
VIRGINIA: Moran
WASHINGTON: Dicks, Larsen, Smith
See also:
http://www.president-evil.com/