Against the grain of his self-proclaimed concern for economic justice for New York workers and Afro-Latino interests, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.-6) voted in favor of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), casting a deciding vote as the controversial trade agreement eked past the U.S. House of Representatives 217 to 215 on July 27. CAFTA was opposed by all but 15 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including New York’s senior Democrat, Rep. Charlie Rangel, who represents Harlem.
PUBLIC CITIZEN NEWS RELEASES:
- Dec. 14 – As Government Data Show Another Record Monthly U.S. Trade Deficit and Increasing Manufacturing Job Loss in New York City Region, Reps. Meeks’ and Towns’ CAFTA Votes Still in Spotlight
- Aug. 1 – CAFTA Damage Report – With N.Y. Jobs at Risk, and Dominican-American Constituents Opposing, Did Rep. Gregory Meeks Trade Deciding Vote for CAFTA-NAFTA Expansion in Exchange for Corporate Campaign Cash, Pork Barrel Funds or Other Empty Promises?
NEWS ARTICLES ON MEEKS’ BAD CAFTA VOTE:
- “CAFTA Vote Outs ‘Bush Democrats,'” The Nation, July 28, 2005.
- “Pelosi Calls Steering Meeting to Review Defectors’ Votes for CAFTA,” Roll Call, July 28, 2005.
- “Democracy Sold Out – CAFTA Approved by Pork and a Hill of Beans,” CommonDreams.org, July 28, 2005.
- “Reverberations from CAFTA vote are still being felt on Hill,” The Hill, August 3, 2005.
- “Friends, Foes Made Over Trade Deal,” Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2005.
- “Union Leaders Denounce 2 Who Voted for Cafta,” New York Times, August 8, 2005.
- “New York Labor Groups Target Towns, Meeks Over CAFTA,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, August 8, 2005.
- “Emotions Run High On Vote on Trade Pact,” New York Sun, August 10, 2005.
- “Anti-CAFTA groups suggest inside deals swayed votes,” The Hill, August 10, 2005.
- “House Democrats under pressure after votes for DR-CAFTA,” Inside US Trade, August 12, 2005.
- “Two Sides of CAFTA Divide Eyed,” New York Daily News, August 14, 2005.
- “No More Compromises,” Queens Chronicle, August 18, 2005.
CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE MEEKS, AND LET HIM KNOW THAT HIS VOTE TO EXTEND NAFTA TO SIX MORE COUNTRIES WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED!
- DC Office: 202-225-3461
- St. Albans District Office: 718-949-5600
- Visit Representative Meeks’ website
Call and ask to speak with a Trade Legislative Assistant, and tell them that Representative Meeks’ bad CAFTA vote is not supported by the citizens of New York’s 6th District!