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Jul
2005

Democracy sold out

Common Dreams

by Deborah James

07/28/05

At 12:03 am on July 28th, the House of Representatives approved the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA. CAFTA, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, would devastate farmers, privatize essential public services, and accelerate the race to the bottom on wages in the US and all over Central America. At the end of the allotted 15 minutes of voting time the count was 180 to 175 against CAFTA, so the Republican leadership kept the vote open over an hour, in order to bully legislators into approving the bill. In the final tally, which was 217 to 215, a full 15 Democrats voted in favor of big business by supporting CAFTA, while 25 Republicans defied the Bush Administration and voted against it. ... The full roll call vote is available at

//clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2005&rollnumber=443."

//www.commondreams.org/views05/0728-20.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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