What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Allow House Participation In Drafting International Trade Agreements Which Subvert Worker and Environmental Protections. (2002 house Roll Call 264)
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HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Allow House Participation In Drafting International Trade Agreements Which Subvert Worker and Environmental Protections.
house Roll Call 264     Jun 26, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the administration's top priorities for 2002 was passage of "fast track" authority. Fast track would give the president the power to submit fullynegotiated trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote: no changes would be permitted. Progressives saw fast track as a way for the president to push through liberalized trade agreements that had sometimes dire consequences for American workers and the environment. The Senate had already passed fast track, along with provisions to help workers dislocated by trade agreements. House Republicans wanted to give their representatives power to discuss fast track in negotiations with the Senate on drafting a final bill. They submitted to a vote a resolution that did just that, along with allowing the same negotiators to discuss the dislocated worker provisions in the Senate bill. Progressives did not want to pass fast track, so they did not want to give House negotiators the power to talk about the idea. Together with 14 Republicans and virtually all Democrats, they almost carried the day: the resolution passed by only a single vote, 216-215.

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