What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : H.R. 2739. U.S.-Singapore Trade/Vote on Final Passage of a Free Trade Bill Between the U.S. and Singapore. (2003 house Roll Call 432)
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H.R. 2739. U.S.-Singapore Trade/Vote on Final Passage of a Free Trade Bill Between the U.S. and Singapore.
house Roll Call 432     Jul 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The subject of this vote was final passage of a free trade bill between the U.S. and Singapore. Progressives voted to defeat the trade bill for two main reasons. First, in their view, the trade bill would exacerbate the trade deficit in the United States and thereby cause Americans to lose their jobs (a trade "deficit" in this context means that the U.S. annually pays more money for imported products-those made in other countries-than it earns in exporting U.S.-made goods to those countries). Progressives contended that similar free-trade agreements (such as NAFTA) have enabled U.S. firms to export jobs to other countries at the expense of U.S. workers. Second, Progressives argued that free-trade agreements (such as the proposal at issue here) encourage environmental degradation by allowing corporations unfettered access to commodities that sometimes come from previously pristine natural environments under-protected by nations' environmental laws. Despite opposition from Progressives, the trade measure was adopted by the House on a 272-155 vote.

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