Friday, July 01, 2005

CAFTA turncoats

Maggie says:
As you've probably heard, the Central American Free Trade Agreement was passed this week by a 54-45 vote. Wondering which Democrats (and one Independent) voted with the Republicans to screw over family farmers in the US and Central America and squash community autonomy in favor of American corporate control? Here they are, the infamous eleven:

  • Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Jeffords (I-VT)
  • Lincoln (D-AR)
  • Murray (D-WA)
  • Nelson (D-FL)
  • Nelson (D-NE)
  • Pryor (D-AR)
  • Wyden (D-OR)
Consider this: while these eleven (including NM's Bingaman) voted for this disastrous bill, twelve Republicans voted against it, meaning this bill could've died on the Senate floor had the Democrats not sold out. These votes are just inexcusable. This is when Democrats should be taking a stand for working-class interests in the face of Republicans' obvious hand-holding with corporate America, not helping Republicans (and their corporate agenda) out.

Next up, CAFTA moves to the House. Let's hope the Democrats there remember how to take a stand for what's right.