Congressman John Boozman Has Voted For Several So-called Free Trade Agreements

(Boozman is Candidate for Arkansas US Senate)

 

These trade agreements have caused hundreds of  US companies to move to foreign countries in order to take advantage of cheap labor, causing millions of job losses in the United States. NAFTA alone has cost more than one million US job opportunities.

 

The loss of sovereignty is another problem with trade agreements. In the Peru Free Trade Agreement legislation of November 8, 2007, the Committee on Ways and Means  reported that  "the Peru FTA has become the first U.S. free trade agreement to include, in its core test fully enforceable commitments by the Parties to adopt, maintain, and enforce basic international labor standards, as stated in the 1988 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."  The ILO, or International Labor Organization, is a UN agency. For a list of  five free trade agreements for which Boozman voted see this link:

 

The House rejected an amendment on June 9, 2005 to withdraw from the WTO (World Trade Organization) House Joint Resolution 27 –    WTO is often portrayed as a “free trade” arrangement by its supporters, but it is actually an international bureaucracy that manages trade and imposes its rulings on member nations including the US. –even when those rulings are contrary to U.S. laws.  The House rejected the WTO withdrawal measure on June 9, 2005, by a vote of 86-338  (Roll Call 239). Boozman voted to reject the withdrawal from WTO.

 

Boozman voted for these free trade agreements:

Peru Free Trade Agreement (H.R.3688) on November 8, 2007

Central America Free Trade Agreement  (CAFTA) H.R. 3045 on July 28, 05

Oman Free Trade Agreement H.R. 5684, July 20, 06

Singapore Free Trade Agreement  H.R. 2739 July 24, 2003

Chile Free Trade Agreement,  H.R. 2738 in 2003  

 

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The Peru Free Trade Agreement (H.R. 3688). Another in a series of free-trade agreements like NAFTA.  However, the Committee on Ways and Means Report accompanying H.R. 3688 noted that “the Peru FTA has become the first U.S. free trade agreement to include, in its core text fully enforceable commitments by the Parties to adopt, maintain, and enforce basic international labor standards, as stated in the 1988 ILO Declaration onFundamental Principles and Rightsat Work.” The ILO, or International Labor Organization, is a UN agency. The House passed the bill by a vote of 285-132 (Roll Call 1060) on November 8, 2007.

 

CAFTA – H.R. 3045 implemented the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and expanded the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including the job losses wrought by NAFTA.  CAFTA is intended by the Power Elite to be a steppingstone from NAFTA to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas  (FTAA), which would include all of the countries of the Western Hemisphere. CAFTA would manage trade and would gradually exercise more powers on the road to a supranational government modeled after the European Union.  The House passed CAFTA on July 28, 2005, by a vote of 217-215 (Roll Call 443).

 

*Oman Trade Agreement – H.R. 5684 would reduce most tariffs and duties between Oman and the U.S. The Oman agreement is just one stepping stone in the White House’s effort to form a Middle Eastern Free Trade Area (MEFTA) by 2013.  These so-called free trade agreements have historically failed because they encourage the relocation of U.S. jobs to foreign countries so that the companies can get cheap labor.  Meanwhile, they don’t provide the United States with trade benefits – largely because the people in those countries cannot afford to buy our products –thereby harming the U.S. economy.  The House passed H.R. 5683 by a vote of 221-2-5 July 20, 2006 (Roll Call 392).

 

U.S. – Singapore Trade.  This bill implemented a trade agreement to reduce tariffs and trade barriers between the United States and Singapore. This is one of the first in a series of bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs) which was planned to culminate in 2005 in the largest and most significant FTA of them all, the Free Trade Area of the Americas FTAA that would far surpass NAFTA in its scope and power. (But this FTAAA has not materialized yet)  The model for the FTAA is the European Union (EU) formerly the "Common Market."  The House passed H.R. 2739 on July 24, 2003, by a vote of 272 to 155 (Roll Call 432). The House also passed almost exactly the same trade agreement with Chile H.R. 2738.

 

House Joint Resolution 27 – WTO (World Trade Organization) Withdrawal.  Two representatives sponsored this measure to withdraw the US from the WTO.  WTO is often portrayed as a “free trade” arrangement by its supporters, but it is actually an international bureaucracy that manages trade and imposes its rulings on member nations including the US. –even when those rulings are contrary to U.S. laws.  The House rejected the WTO withdrawal measure on June 9, 2005, by a vote of 86-338  (Roll Call 239).

 

 

Posted April 7, 2010