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CAFTA Damage Report: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)


Ignoring the will of his constituents and the devastating results that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had on his state, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) became a deciding “yes” vote for a six-nation NAFTA expansion called the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which eked through the House of Representatives 217 to 215. Many of Fitzpatrick’s constituents were opposed to both trade agreements, as Pennsylvania has lost nearly a quarter of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA.



  • "Report Says Fitzpatrick Rewarded for CAFTA Vote," Bucks County Courier Times, February 15, 2006.
  • "Last Minute Deals Put Cafta Over the Top," Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2005.
  • "Politics and CAFTA," Washington Trade Daily, August 1, 2005.
  • "Hill Briefs," Congress Daily, August 2, 2005.
  • "Anti-CAFTA groups suggest inside deals swayed votes," The Hill, August 10, 2005.
  • "Ginny Schrader is hoping the second time's a charm," Doylestown Patriot, August 11, 2005.
  • Gerald Pollack, "True Colors," Bucks County Courier Times, August 19, 2005
  • Joe Tyler, "Paul Lang: A true Democrat who can beat Fitzpatrick," Bucks County Courier Times, August 23, 2005.


  • "56 Catholic Members of Congress Betray Culture of Life," Catholics for Faithful Citizenship, July 28, 2005.

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