Move to repeal NAFTA has a snowballs chance in hell of becoming law

NAFTAOne of the nation’s oldest and most corrupt labor unions is praising new, bipartisan legislation that would withdraw the United States from NAFTA, and vanquish one of the biggest enemies of American organized labor for more than 15 years.

A small but broad coalition of lawmakers from across the political spectrum came together last Thursday to sponsor a bill to repeal U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The trade agreement by the United States, Canada and Mexico, NAFTA eliminated tarrifs and other trade restrictions that had been in place. The deal was originally negotiated during the term of president George H.W. Bush. Bill Clinton later embraced it over the objections of many Democratic allies, including organized labor. Clinton, in fact, had to rely on Republican votes in Congress to pass the legislation that ratified the treaty.

Their legislation would repeal the approval of NAFTA and instructs the president to notify Canada and Mexico of the U.S. withdrawal from the treaty. It has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. The drive to repeal NAFTA outright also is a change in itself, where previously lawmakers had sought mostly just to reform the agreement.

One can just see the sleezy hand of James Hoffa behind this. If it passes, it has to go to the President for his signature. Fat chance and fat chance of anything before the mid terms.

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