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Congress shocker. Democrats buck Obama, introduce bill to repeal NAFTA!

A group of 28 diverse House members, ranging from conservatives, to moderates, to leftists, are sponsoring a bill to repeal NAFTA. Opposing NAFTA was one of the first major issues of the CofCC, and an issue in the CofCC statement of principles. As recently as 2008, conservatives were still being ridiculed by the left-wing media for calling for the repeal of NAFTA.

It’s encouraging to see left-wing Democrats co-opting one of our issues!

NAFTA is the free trade agreement that has devastated American jobs. It was pushed by left-wing Democrats and Neo-Conservative Republicans. It was pushed through congress by Bill Clinton.

The introduction of the bill comes at a time when Obama’s own Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is campaigning for expanding NAFTA (which would violate Obama’s own campaign promise not to do so).

There have been efforts to repeal NAFTA in the past, however this one has the potential to go much further. The reason is unemployment. In the past it has been a few conservative Republicans alone calling for the repeal. This time a much broader coalition is forming because of rising unemployment in the US.

The bill was introduced by four senior members of the House representing different corners of the US. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) and Congressmen Gene Taylor (D-MS), Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Walter Jones (R-NC). They had ten more co-sponsors

From FoxNews

A Democratic congressman from Mississippi introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide for the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Rep. Gene Taylor, who also serves on the House Armed Services Committee, called the 29 percent loss of jobs in US manufacturing since 1993 a matter of national defense and pointed to a number of companies who have moved their production to Mexico as cause for concern.

The agreement was signed by the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico and implemented in 1994, and was designed to promote free trade between the three North American countries.

Twenty-six members of Congress have already signed onto the plan to abandon NAFTA, including Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak.

“The trade deficit with Mexico and Canada has quadrupled since NAFTA went into effect,” he said.

The Teamsters Union issued a press release from president Jim Hoffa endorsing the bill! Click Here.

Current Sponsors. Call your Congressman now and tell him to cosponsor this bill!

Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] (introduced 3/4/2010)
Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] – 3/4/2010
Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] – 3/4/2010
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] – 3/4/2010
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] – 3/4/2010
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] – 3/4/2010
Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] – 3/4/2010
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 3/4/2010
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 3/4/2010
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 3/4/2010
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] – 3/4/2010
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] – 3/4/2010
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 3/4/2010
Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] – 3/4/2010
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] – 3/4/2010
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] – 3/4/2010
Rep Kissell, Larry [NC-8] – 3/4/2010
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] – 3/4/2010
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] – 3/4/2010
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 3/4/2010
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 3/4/2010
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] – 3/4/2010
Rep Schauer, Mark H. [MI-7] – 3/4/2010
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] – 3/4/2010
Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] – 3/4/2010
Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] – 3/4/2010
Rep Wilson, Charles A. [OH-6] – 3/4/2010
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 3/4/2010