"Reject CAFTA" Update
- "Reject CAFTA" Update
Updated Legislative Alert: Activate Congress to Reject the Central
American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
Background: The Bush administration announced on January 25 that it
has reached agreement with Costa Rica to add it to four of its
neighbors in creating a Central American Free Trade Area (CAFTA).
The administration will likely submit the CAFTA agreement to
Congress for approval sometime in the next few months. Once the
CAFTA agreement is presented to Congress, the House and Senate will
have 90 days to approve or reject it.
An AP article on January 25, "U.S., Costa Rica Reach Free Trade
Deal," explained what the administration hopes to accomplish with
CAFTA: "For its part, the administration hopes to use congressional
passage of CAFTA as a stepping stone to achieving an even bigger
goal, creation of a Free Trade Area of the Americas [FTAA], covering
all 34 democracies in the Western Hemisphere."
Fortunately, CAFTA may be the most politically vulnerable of the
series of free trade agreements designed to set the stage for the
FTAA. Congressional rejection of CAFTA in 2004 would help build
momentum for rejection of the FTAA in 2005.
Request: Now that Congress is back in session, please contact your
representative and senators in vigorous opposition to CAFTA. If
you've already contacted them a few weeks ago, contact them again.
This issue is that important. We must stop the sovereignty-
destroying FTAA! See the reasons why by visiting
http://www.stoptheftaa.org/. Persuade others to visit this same web
page, then join us in influencing Congress to reject both CAFTA and