What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Prevent International Trade Agreements from Violating Human Rights Protections. (2002 senate Roll Call 129)
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HR 3009. "Fast Track" Trade Bill/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Prevent International Trade Agreements from Violating Human Rights Protections.
senate Roll Call 129     May 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

One of the most important goals for 2002 to the Bush administration was acquiring "fast track" trade negotiation authority. This status would allow the president to submit a fully-negotiated trade agreement to the Senate for approval, but forbid all amendments. It was a substantial grant of power that gave the president complete control over the content of trade agreements. Progressives struggled to restrict this power, which they feared would result in agreements that eroded labor and environmental regulations and weakened human rights. Along these lines, Wellstone (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the bill establishing fast track that would make protecting internationally recognized human rights a principal objective in trade negotiations. Baucus (D-MT) brought a motion to table (kill) this amendment. The motion failed, 42-53, and the amendment was subsequently adopted on a voice (unrecorded) vote.

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