Magazine article The American Prospect

Fast-Track Attack and Davos by the Hudson. (Networks)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Fast-Track Attack and Davos by the Hudson. (Networks)

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PRESIDENT BUSH MAY BE granted broader trade-negotiating authority, but he shouldn't feel that he's being handed a political mandate. When the House passed the fast-track bill in a 215-to-214 vote on December 6, the scene, in the words of one union lobbyist, "was like a Sotheby's auction--and just as rigged."

The closeness of the vote partially reflects the effort undertaken by hundreds of labor, environmental, and public-interest organizations to derail it. Public Citizen took out ads in major daily and Hill papers that claimed the legislation would "undermine the vital Constitutional checks and balances wisely created by our nation's founders." The AFL-CIO and other major unions blitzed the airwaves and launched call-in efforts, and multiple environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, urged House members to oppose the bill because it would, among other things, grant corporations the ability to sue governments for profit losses that result from regulatory, laws. The Senate Finance Committee recently approved trade-promotion authority in an 18-to-3 vote, a sign of the ease with which it is expected to pass when it comes to a floor vote early this year. …

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