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Posted Sept. 21, 2011
Interview with Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris
During his Sept. 8 speech before a joint session of Congress promoting the White House jobs program, President Obama called for billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure projects and other government programs to stimulate the creation of jobs in an economy plagued by a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. During the address, Obama also called for congressional passage of three controversial free trade pacts, stating “It’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama, Colombia and South Korea.”
The proposed free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea, negotiated under President Bush, have fairly broad support from Republicans. But some newly-elected GOP Tea Party legislators who campaigned against free trade may end up siding with many Democrats who have long opposed free trade legislation.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, although a strong supporter of President Obama, has condemned the proposed trade treaties. He said in December, "I continue to believe it is a dangerous mistake to pursue the same kind of trade deals that ballooned our deficit and led to massive job loss, … I see no reason to pursue more NAFTA-style free trade agreements.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has warned that a free trade agreement with South Korea will cost U.S. workers 159,000 jobs, while a deal with Colombia will cost 54,000 jobs. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a national coalition of environmental, labor and other civil society groups founded in 1992 to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement. He explains why his coalition is opposed to passage of these three free trade pacts, and concerns about negotiations on a new Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement.
For more information on Citizens Trade Campaign, visit www.citizenstrade.org/ctc