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CAFTA Damage Report: Reps. Bob Inglis and J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)

 

Turning their backs on the struggling textile and apparel industry and workers in South Carolina’s 3rd and 4th Districts, Reps. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.-4) and J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.-3) reversed their previous opposition to the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), an expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), casting two crucial votes that helped ensure CAFTA's passage. Inglis and Barrett voted for CAFTA even without obtaining the ammendments to the trade agreement that they had previously deemed necessary to protect the textile and apparel industry in South Carolina from Chinese competition. Constituents are outraged that their Congressmen betrayed their trust and sold out on their interests.

PUBLIC CITIZEN NEWS RELEASES

NEWS ARTICLES ON INGLIS' AND BARRETT'S BAD CAFTA VOTES

  • "CAFTA Is Moving Us Even Closer to Ruin," Augusta Chronicle (GA), Letter to the Editor, August 3, 2005.
  • Nathan Valentine, "Inglis didn't listen to his constituents," Greenville News, August 21, 2005.

CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES INGLIS AND BARRETT, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR VOTES TO EXTEND NAFTA TO SIX MORE COUNTRIES WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED!

Call and ask to speak with a Trade Legislative Assistant, and tell them that Representative Inglis' and Barrett's bad CAFTA votes are not supported by the citizens of South Carolina!

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