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NH STATE LEGISLATURE TO CONGRESS: HALT NEW TRADE TREATIES

 

 

March 19, 2005

Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
NewsWithViews.com

Legislators in New Hampshire seem to be following the lead from the Utah State Legislature who recently passed a resolution to Congress to vote no on the Free Trade of the Americas treaty. (search) New Hampshire's new resolution calls for:

A RESOLUTION urging the Congress of the United States to place a moratorium on new free trade agreements, to investigate and review current free trade agreements and policies of the United States, to investigate and review participation of the United States with international trade organizations and to ensure that such agreements, policies, and participation are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of New Hampshire and the United States.

An analysis of House Concurrent Resolution 8 states:

This resolution urges the Congress of the United States to place a moratorium on new free trade agreements, to investigate and review current free trade agreements and policies of the United States, to investigate and review participation of the United States with international trade organizations and to ensure that such agreements, policies, and participation are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of New Hampshire and the United States.

This resolution in the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committee reads:

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

A RESOLUTION urging the Congress of the United States to place a moratorium on new free trade agreements, to investigate and review current free trade agreements and policies of the United States, to investigate and review participation of the United States with international trade organizations and to ensure that such agreements, policies, and participation are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of New Hampshire and the United States.

Whereas, since 1990 the state of New Hampshire has lost 24,000 manufacturing jobs, 20 percent of them between 2001 and 2003; and

Whereas, manufacturing has a spin-off effect of 3 to 7 jobs created for each manufacturing job; and

Whereas, free trade agreements and policies of the United States with other nations have severely affected American manufacturing industries and the workers they employ; and

Whereas, participation by the United States in international trade organizations may imperil the success of American manufacturing; and

Whereas, foreign nations, such as China, have engaged in a wide range of unfair trading practices, including the manipulation of currency and dumping below-cost subsidized products into the United States market; and

Whereas, United States manufacturers cannot compete with foreign companies who pay a small fraction of the salaries paid to United States manufacturing employees, provide no health benefits to their workers, do not have to comply with any governmental requirements for the safety of their employees or for the protection of the environment, pay no pensions, and are government-subsidized; and

Whereas, the citizens of the state of New Hampshire are being harmfully affected by trade agreements and policies between the United States and foreign nations, resulting in the closing of many of our manufacturing industries, negatively affecting our families, our communities, and the state at large when thousands of workers lose their jobs; now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the general court of the state of New Hampshire urges the Congress of the United States to place a moratorium on all new trade agreements, to investigate and review all current free trade agreements and policies of the United States, to investigate and review participation of the United States in international trade organizations, and to ensure that such agreements, policies, and participation are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of New Hampshire and the United States; and

That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, and to each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.

Sponsors of the bill (Reps Ingbretson and Buhlman) are asking residents of the State of New Hampshire to contact their state rep and senator and ask them to vote yes on this resolution.

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