Congressional resolution: End U.S. involvement in NAFTA

| Tuesday, June 24, 2003

A U.S. congressional resolution was introduced June 19 asking President Bush to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. House Concurrent Resolution 224 was introduced by Reps. Virgil Goode Jr., R-VA; Walter Jones, R-NC; Charles Taylor, R-NC; Tammy Baldwin, D-WI; Ron Paul, R-TX; Charlie Norwood, R-GA; and Michael Michaud, D-ME.

The measure, which has been forwarded to the Committee on Ways and Means, reads:

“Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should provide notice of withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“Whereas, according to the Department of Commerce, United States trade deficits with Canada and Mexico have significantly widened since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);

“Whereas, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States manufacturing sector has lost as many as 766,000 jobs during this time;

“Whereas future unrestricted foreign trucking into the United States can pose a safety hazard due to inadequate maintenance and inspection, and can act collaterally as a conduit for the entry into the United States of illegal drugs and terrorist activities; and

“Whereas the economic and physical security of the United States is impaired by the potential loss of control of its borders attendant to the full operation of NAFTA: Now, therefore, be it

“Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the President should provide written notice of withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in accordance with Article 2205 of the Agreement.”

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