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Kaptur faults expanding NAFTA to include Central America

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) spoke out last Wednesday against the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) calling it “a clone of NAFTA.” CAFTA would expand the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade model to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua .

“American workers, small businesses and families can’t afford any more of these job killing trade agreements if we hope to hold on to our industrial economy,” said Kaptur.  “Why expand anything when NAFTA isn’t working—why not fix it? 

“The labor provisions of CAFTA keep workers hostage to low wages.  CAFTA will ship out more middle class jobs.  And no one knows better than the people of Ohio that NAFTA and agreements like it are job killers.”

Kaptur joined members of both parties and business and labor organizations in Washington , D.C. opposing the pact, which was scheduled for a hearing on Thursday in the House Ways and Means Committee. 

Kaptur, a leader for good jobs through fair trade in the U.S. Congress, has consistently fought against unfair trade agreements such as NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China .   

“Our country is shipping out more and more jobs, not products,” remarked Kaptur.  “NAFTA and related economic policies have been a disaster for Ohio and America as job washout continues.  We have to stop this ‘free-fall’ in jobs and trade.  With our half trillion dollar trade deficit, America has to pause and ask: ‘Why more of the same?’”

Trade agreements like NAFTA and PNTR with China have been amassing huge job losses and trade deficits.  International trade has been a net destroyer of millions of jobs in the United States over the last 2 decades.  Ohio alone has lost over 60,000 jobs to China and even more to Mexico . 

“Just like the fight over NAFTA and China trade, great promises are being made about jobs and new markets for our goods,” concluded Kaptur.  “But that obviously has not happened with NAFTA, not with China and won’t happen in Central America .” 






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