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Senate Proceeding on Apr 8th, 2008 :: 0:35:02 to 0:46:20
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Patty Murray

0:28:44 to 0:35:02( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patty Murray

Patty Murray

0:34:50 to 0:35:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: my remarks emi will yield to senator stabenow of michigan who will also talk about trade adjustment assistance and michigan and ohio and all that our states can going through in large part because

Sherrod Brown

0:35:02 to 0:35:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of misdirected trade policy. yesterday, mr. president, president bush announce ed he had he'd send the proposed colombia free trade agreement to congress for a vote. he does this over the opposition

Sherrod Brown

0:35:02 to 0:46:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

0:35:17 to 0:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of the democratic leadership in the house and in the senate,e in defiance of our desire to work upon a bipartisan basis and in direct -- direct opposition to the desires of a growing number of ohioans

Sherrod Brown

0:35:32 to 0:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and michiganders and americans all over this country. in doing so, president bush has nailed shut the fast-track coffins. as my colleagues know, this was negotiated under the so-called fast-track provision.

Sherrod Brown

0:35:47 to 0:35:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it is an extraordinary procedure provided only for trade agreements, not for any other kind of legislation. trade is that special and that important to a very narrow but very powerful, very influence

Sherrod Brown

0:35:59 to 0:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: influential group of people in this country. congress decide ed years ago to delegate an enormous amount of power to the executive branch to negotiate trade agreements. in nothing else does this

Sherrod Brown

0:36:10 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: body charge ed under the constitution with specific duty ies and responsibilities, in nothing else does this body give that much power to the executive branch as it does with these trade agreements.

Sherrod Brown

0:36:22 to 0:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: under the fast-track provisions, mr. president, once presented to congress, a so-called "free trade agreement" triggers a 9046 day clock for consideration of the agreement. no amendments can be offered

Sherrod Brown

0:36:38 to 0:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to groove it, unlike anything else here. no amendments can be offered to improve it, congress is given a take-it-or-leave-it decision. much of the talk around this centers around the violence and impunity

Sherrod Brown

0:36:54 to 0:37:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in colombia. international organizations and human rate rights groups look at colomb yays record with you are generalgy and general -- with urgency and alarm. community leaders in colombia are today

Sherrod Brown

0:37:09 to 0:37:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: receiving death threat threats from the rearmed para paramilitary group such as the black eagles in and are reeling from a new wave of violence. this leaf het was distribute ed at a march 6 rally

Sherrod Brown

0:37:22 to 0:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in colombia and the beginning says "death to the leaders who march for peace and justice." this was a peace and justice rally and they handed out this leaflet to state their point of view, if you will,

Sherrod Brown

0:37:37 to 0:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the black eagles. before, during, and after this country-wide rally on march 6 against paramilitary and all forms of vcialtion at least two march organize ers were killed. union leaders carlos berbedo

Sherrod Brown

0:37:53 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and carmen sisilio wra killed for trying to voice their views. march organize ers organizers all over the country received death threats like these. one organize er's house was attacked with gunfire a

Sherrod Brown

0:38:08 to 0:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: week before the rally on february 29. these human rights issues are exceedingly serious, yet the administration cavalierly casts them aside, barely acknowledge ing the culture of violence and impunity.

Sherrod Brown

0:38:26 to 0:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: now, mr. president, just the merits of the agreement, the colombia free trade agreement is another fundamentally flawed trade pact. in the long line of trade agreements like nafta and cafta, and pntr

Sherrod Brown

0:38:41 to 0:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: with china. if it did what its supporters tell you us, it would be a smaller document, it would be something like this, a couple of pages get ridding rid of tariffs. instead it's something like

Sherrod Brown

0:38:55 to 0:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: this this, like nafta. nafta was 900 pages of rules and regulations regulations having little to do with trade because instead of something like this, simply eliminate ing tariffs which we would like to do,

Sherrod Brown

0:39:09 to 0:39:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: instead of that, these agreements are pack packed with rules on investment, on services, on procurement, an telecommunications, an drug paternity patents, on more. why do we get thousands of pages

Sherrod Brown

0:39:20 to 0:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in a trade agreement? because these trade agreements are rules to protect corporation corporations not rules to protect workers. these trade agreements are rules to protect the drug companies not to

Sherrod Brown

0:39:34 to 0:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: protect the environment. rules to protect hedge funds, not rules to protect consumers. rules to protect wall street, not rules to protect main street street. notice the word "protect." they -- the

Sherrod Brown

0:39:49 to 0:40:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: editorial writers, the harass harvard economists, the the wall street bankers, the corporate lobbyists, the big h.i.v. time larks the hedge fund lawyers, trying to label people like us protectionists.

Sherrod Brown

0:40:02 to 0:40:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: guess it depends on who you want to protect. nafta, calf tarks colombia, they protect the corporate interests. theirs is sort of a high-class protectionism. but protecting labor, protecting consumers, that's

Sherrod Brown

0:40:14 to 0:40:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: not protection protectionist. that's the duty of government. many in this chamber will recall the debate on the central central american free trade agreement. we had a coalition of consumer advocates,

Sherrod Brown

0:40:26 to 0:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: religious advocates, medium-sized manufacturers, organize ed labor in opposition to calf tavment cafta's proponents said if it didn't pass, poverty would get worse in central america. cafta, they promised,

Sherrod Brown

0:40:37 to 0:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: would promote economic growth, would curb the violence in central america, would serve as a model for strengthening ening democracy. the united states trade represent, mr. zoellick, said if cafta stumbles,

Sherrod Brown

0:40:52 to 0:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: labor rights will not be strength ened, if anybody in that administration israeli really wanted to strengthen labor rights. the realty is that there have been disturbing developments in the region, including

Sherrod Brown

0:41:03 to 0:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a law to create exception zones that will allow foreign factories to pay less than the national minimum wage. how does that help honduran workers so that there is a zone that they pay subminimum wage? labor

Sherrod Brown

0:41:16 to 0:41:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ministries in central american countries still lack the staffing and the resources to implement their programs. budgets in many cases have actually been reduced since the passage of the central american

Sherrod Brown

0:41:26 to 0:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: free trade agreement. consistent with its history of repeatening the same act and expecting different results, the administration now wants wants congress to approve a deal with colombia, a country

Sherrod Brown

0:41:43 to 0:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: where there are increased -- continued death threats against labor active ists followed up by asass nations of labor active ists, followed up by nothing, followed up by no prosecution, no attempts to find

Sherrod Brown

0:41:53 to 0:42:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the cicialtion and continued excuses from president uribe and continued excuses from the u.s. chamber of commerce and the united states trade representative and, frankly, yesterday president bush himself

Sherrod Brown

0:42:06 to 0:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: himself. the administration has shown no willingness to enforce labor and environmental rules at home so it is hardly surprising it would ignore violations among our trade ing partners. there have

Sherrod Brown

0:42:20 to 0:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: been large violations in sweatshops in jordan. the kingdom of jordan has taken steps to crack down on these companies, to work with non nongovernment argues organizations organizations and others in

Sherrod Brown

0:42:34 to 0:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: promoting the standards. it is important to note the bush administration however did not use the enforcement tools available to it in that trade agreement. so why do we think they will use the provisions

Sherrod Brown

0:42:45 to 0:42:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in this trade agreement, in the colombia trade agreement, to require labor compliance? of course they won't. but when there is a commercial dispute, mr. president, or a drug patent dispute, the administration

Sherrod Brown

0:42:58 to 0:43:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: comes down on a country with all the furry it can muster. protect the drug companies? the administration says yes. protect the workers? no thaifntle protect oil interests? the administration says of course.

Sherrod Brown

0:43:10 to 0:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: protect environment? the administration says no thanks. protect the banks and the financial institutions? the administration says, where do i sign up? protect food safety for our children, protect

Sherrod Brown

0:43:20 to 0:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: toys or our children, food safety for our families? the administration is not particularly interested. why then, mr. president, should we consider a trade agreement with a country like colombia which

Sherrod Brown

0:43:34 to 0:43:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: is known as the most dangerous country in the world to be a union active ist? in fact colombia has an unbroken record in recent decades of lead leading the world in trade union unionist dillings. violence

Sherrod Brown

0:43:47 to 0:44:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: against unionists continues at extremely high levels. the vast majority of trade union as's nations remains unsolved. prosecutorial figures show that between 12 and 17 trade unionist unionists were killed

Sherrod Brown

0:44:03 to 0:44:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: during the first few months of 2008. among those murders was a teacher and member of the teachers' union. killed on her way to work on march 4. or gomez. lmplet ionitas, who disappeared on march 5, was

Sherrod Brown

0:44:14 to 0:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: found dead three days later. a subunit of the attorney general's office was established in 2006 in bogota to accelerate resolutions of asass nations of trade unionists. des spate more resources from

Sherrod Brown

0:44:31 to 0:44:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: these cases, convictions continue to lack -- lag behind murders leaving the unsolved, un unconvicted rate at 98%. of the 2,283 murders between 199 1991 and 2007, 2,283 murders of union active ists in

Sherrod Brown

0:44:50 to 0:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that 17-year period, 50 convictions. there have been 50 convictions out of 2,283. does that sound like the government really is interested in going after hate groups like this?| we need to craft trade policies,

Sherrod Brown

0:45:04 to 0:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mr. president, to deliver the long-term results we need, not just the short-term profits a few companies crave. when it comes to trade and the bush administration, ideology trumps outcomes, special interests

Sherrod Brown

0:45:15 to 0:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: always, always trump u.s. interests. congress needs to reject this agreement. the senate needs to make a clear statement that we stand for a better approach to trade, one based on using our market as

Sherrod Brown

0:45:29 to 0:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: leverage to raise living standards in latin america, in michigan, in montana, and ohio, and our whole country. thank you, mr. president. joining me today is senator stabenow of michigan who is in her almost

Sherrod Brown

0:45:43 to 0:45:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: seven and a half years in the senate and time in the house has been a stalwart advocate for workers in michigan and across this country, particularly interested in trade adjustment work. and with the problems

Sherrod Brown

0:45:56 to 0:46:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in michigan she has stood strong and we're standing together. senator stabenow. >> thank you, senator brown. -- ms. stabenow: thank you, senator brown. i want to thank you for your conviction. i know that

Sherrod Brown

0:46:08 to 0:46:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: you would agree with me that we want a trade. we just want to export our products, not our jobs. that's what we want to export. and it seems to me, mr. president, that the administration oneni more time

Debbie Stabenow

0:46:20 to 0:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: is getting the cart before the horse here. we hear all the time about the interest in beefing up trade enforcent and passidng trade adjustment assistance or dealing with currency manipulation and

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