The Nov. 19, 2004, congressional floor speech of Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.-10) left no doubt that he opposed a proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). The lengthy statement described, in detail, why CAFTA would harm most people in the affected nations. Yet nine months later, on July 27, Towns cast a decisive vote in favor of CAFTA that allowed the controversial trade pact to eke through the U.S. House of Representatives 217 to 215. Although the CAFTA text was unchanged between Towns’ 2004 speech and the congressional vote on the six-nation expansion of NAFTA, Towns provided one of the deciding votes in favor of the trade agreement.
PUBLIC CITIZEN NEWS RELEASES
NEWS ARTICLES ON TOWNS' BAD CAFTA VOTE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
PICTURES FROM A RECENT PROTEST IN NEW YORK CITY IN RESPONSE TO TOWNS' CAFTA VOTE
CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE TOWNS, AND LET HIM KNOW THAT HIS VOTE 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 Towns' bad CAFTA vote is not supported by the citizens of New York's 10th District!