Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

On the Fast Track Trade Authority Bill

December 6, 2001



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today House Democratic Whip-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke on the floor of House of Representatives in opposition to the Fast Track Trade Authority bill (H.R. 3005). The bill passed the House 215-214. The following is her statement.

Today we have the opportunity to create a new trade framework for a new century. I had hoped to be able to support fast track authority for President Bush as I had supported fast track authority for his father, President Bush, at an earlier time. I had hoped we could do so with a trade promotion act that reflected our nation’s concerns about the importance of the environment and workers’ rights. If this bill had done so, it would have passed this House overwhelmingly. Instead, if it passes at all, it will squeak through based on a handful of promises - and I urge my colleagues to consider the true value of those promises as they cast their vote.

So, here we are, with an economy in recession and hundreds of thousands of American families struggling with the realities of unemployment. I urge my colleagues to vote against this legislation. Anyone who does not see the connection between the economy and the environment is on the wrong side of the future. Vote NO on this trade promotion.


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