Waco, TX (July 25, 2005) – Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims, traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to voice Texas Farmers Union’s opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Sims joined Farmers Union leaders from across the country and participated in more than 100 congressional meetings urging members of the House to vote against CAFTA.
CAFTA will likely come to a final vote on the House floor by the end of the month and the outcome of the agreement may depend on just a few votes. National Farmers Union organized this week’s targeted fly-in to allow those that would be most afected by CAFTA – our nation’s producers – to urge their congressional delegations to oppose the trade deal.
“I spoke with members of congress from Texas and several other states that were undecided and each voiced serious concerns with the CAFTA agreement, but because of the multi national corporations and the administration’s determined efforts, the vote will be very close,” state Sims. “I encourage every person to call their congressperson and ask them to vote “NO to CAFTA” because the farm, job or business might be yours.”
CAFTA’s benefits have been dramatically oversold. The agreement fails to address major issues that distort fair trade such as labor, environmental and currency issues, forcing American producers to compete with producers from other countries who are not required to meet these same high standards. The Senate narrowly approved CAFTA earlier this month, underscoring the lack of support the controversial trade deal has in the countryside.
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