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ALERT: Peru NAFTA Senate Vote THIS TUES Dec 4!!!

From: Sowmya
Sent on: Sunday, December 2, 2007 10:21 PM
From: "David Edeli" <[address removed]>

Friends,

Despite news reports earlier this week to the 
contrary, we've just received word that the 
Senate vote on the Peru NAFTA expansion will in 
fact be THIS COMING Tuesday Dec 4th!

The debate will begin Monday, December 3rd, and 
the final vote will be Tuesday morning.

If you can engage your Senators this weekend or on Monday, please do so!

As with the house vote, there is a lot of 
misinformation going around regarding whether 
labor, environmental, small farm, faith and other 
groups actually support the deal (false on all 
counts!).  So it is critical that we all call our 
Senators immediately -- and also make sure that 
they have in hand the copies of our organizations letters and position papers.

If you do not have the # for your Senators on 
hand, you can call the Senate Switchboard at 
(202)[masked] and ask to be connected.

I've pasted below some of the key talking 
points.  Copies of key documents can be found at 
<http://www.citize...­ 
and at 
<http://www.citize...­.

If you have any questions about priority targets 
in your state or region, please let me know.

Thanks for taking action!

Best,

David

David Edeli
Field Director
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
215 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington DC, 20003 USA
<mailto:[address removed]>[address­ removed] & www.tradewatch.org
Ph: [masked], Fax: [masked]
Cell: [masked]

++ Check out our new blog at 
<http://www.eyeson...­! ++

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Flawed Policy of the Peru FTA:

We can?t afford any more NAFTA. With the highest 
U.S. trade deficit ever, and more than 3 million 
high-paying manufacturing jobs lost during the 
NAFTA era, we can't afford any more NAFTA-like 
trade deals. If Congress allows the Peru or 
Panama FTAs, big corporations will use these 
deals to ship more U.S. jobs away and push down 
the wages of jobs staying here. More family 
farmers and small businesses will go bankrupt.

The labor rights fixes in the Peru FTA aren?t 
strong enough. Big Business interests celebrated 
the ?deal? to pass the Peru FTA while no labor 
union, consumer, environmental or small business 
group supports it. Tom Donahue, President of the 
Chamber noted ?we are encouraged by assurances 
that the labor provisions cannot be read to 
require compliance with ILO Conventions.? Peru?s 
two major labor federations sent a letter on 
August 20th to the US Congress saying that the 
labor fixes were not sufficient and urging a ?No? vote on the deal.

The Peru FTA bans anti-offshoring and Buy America 
policy. How could Democrats fighting to expand 
and preserve such important policies support a 
trade agreement that explicitly bans them? Jobs 
created with government money are some of the 
only U.S. jobs Congress has direct authority to 
safeguard for U.S. workers in the global economy.

The Peru FTAs threatens federal and state 
prevailing wage guarantees. Absolutely ignored is 
labor?s key demand to remedy the FTAs? strict 
limits on the qualifications ? such as requiring 
companies to agree to pay prevailing wages as a 
condition for qualifying to bid ? governments can set for government contracts.

The Peru trade deal gives corporations too much 
power over Social Security. The deal could allow 
Citibank and other corporations to sue if Peru 
tried to fix its failed social security 
privatization. That's unfair to the elderly and 
the poor in Peru. It's hypocritical for the U.S. 
to include a provision like this in a trade deal 
-- when the American public rejected 
privatization here at home. And, its also a 
terrible precedent. No "free trade agreement" 
should ever contain provisions that impact social security policy.

The Peru trade deal endangers the lungs of the 
planet. The upper Amazon basin in Peru is among 
the most bio-diverse areas on earth - and also 
one of the most at risk. Pollution and 
deforestation from oil production and mining is 
huge problem. The investment rules in the Peru 
FTA could allow foreign investors to insist that 
they are allowed to pillage the area for timber, 
mineral and energy resources, and would chill 
direly needed efforts to protect the Amazon basin.

The Peru trade deal will increase drug 
trafficking and instability. The NAFTA-style 
agreements will undermine the livelihoods of 
small farmers throughout the Andean region and 
force them into last-resort cultivation of coca 
for cocaine production, leading to an increase in 
drug trafficking, terrorism and violence.

The Peru trade agreement will tie Congress' hands 
when it comes to food safety. NAFTA-style trade 
agreements contain provisions that would allow 
food exporting companies to challenge U.S. state 
and federal actions to increase inspections on 
imported food. In the middle of a imported food 
safety crisis, this is the last thing we would want to do!

Flawed Politics of the Peru FTA:

What are Congress' Priorities Anyhow? The "Deal" 
Puts NAFTA Expansion Ahead of Any Pro-Working 
Family Legislation. President Bush has vetoed 
legislation to provide health care for poor 
children, promised to veto the Employee Free 
Choice Act, which would support workers' rights 
to organize unions. By agreeing to 
more-of-the-same NAFTA expansion before assuring 
any increase in protections for the American 
middle class, members of Congress would be making 
a huge political and strategic mistake.

By Blurring the Party Lines on Trade, the 
Democrats are Inviting Disaster in 2008. The 
country sent a clear message on Election Day in 
November 2006: ?NO to staying the course on 
Bush?s trade policy.? Freshmen Democrats must 
have opportunities to show that a Democratic 
Congress means no more-of-the-same harmful 
NAFTA-style trade policy. If the Democrats allow 
the passage of a new Bush NAFTA-style deal, this 
will invite another Democratic wipeout as 
occurred after the 1993 NAFTA vote blurred the 
distinction between the parties on trade.


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