Pro-Fast Track Letter Showing Freshmen GOP Split

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Freshmen GOP Reps. Tom Emmer (above) of Minnesota and Mimi Walters of California tried to get all the GOP freshmen to sign a letter supporting an enormous increase in President executive authority through Fast Track. I didn't really work.

Only 26 of the 46 GOP freshmen would sign the letter (see PDF).  Twenty refused to sign.  By contrast, 67 of 87 GOP freshmen signed a March 2011 letter supporting the Colombia, South Korea and Panama trade deals.

While Fast Track and an actual trade and global governance treaty are two different things, it shows that the constitutional, economic and sovereignty questions are becoming very significant. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce can no longer merely say "trade" and watch everyone jump to help pass the newest de-industrialization deal.

While it's been too slow, the country is now beginning to see that the deals they supported in the past have not produced the growth and job creation that were promised.  America was lied to.  The promotional trade treaty arguments of today are simply re-runs of past arguments that turned out to be false.

The list of GOP freshmen who signed (see the "X") and who did not sign (no "X") are below.

District

Representative

Pro Fast Track letter

Party

AL06

Gary Palmer 

 

R

AR02

French Hill 

X

R

AR04

Bruce Westerman 

 

R

AZ02

Martha McSally 

X

R

CA25

Steve Knight 

X

R

CA45

Mimi Walters 

X

R

CO04

Ken Buck 

 

R

FL26

Carlos Curbelo 

X

R

GA01

Buddy Carter 

X

R

GA10

Jody Hice 

X

R

GA11

Barry Loudermilk 

 

R

GA12

Rick W. Allen 

 

R

IA01

Rod Blum 

X

R

IA03

David Young 

X

R

IL10

Bob Dold 

X

R

IL12

Mike Bost 

 

R

LA05

Ralph Abraham 

X

R

LA06

Garret Graves 

X

R

ME02

Bruce Poliquin 

 

R

MI04

John Moolenaar 

X

R

MI08

Mike Bishop 

X

R

MI11

David Trott 

X

R

MN06

Tom Emmer 

X

R

MTAL

Ryan Zinke 

 

R

NC06

Mark Walker 

 

R

NC07

David Rouzer 

 

R

NH01

Frank Guinta 

X

R

NJ03

Tom MacArthur 

 

R

NV04

Cresent Hardy 

X

R

NY01

Lee Zeldin 

X

R

NY21

Elise Stefanik 

X

R

NY24

John Katko 

 

R

OK05

Steve Russell 

 

R

PA06

Ryan Costello 

X

R

TX04

John Ratcliffe 

 

R

TX23

Will Hurd 

X

R

TX36

Brian Babin 

 

R

UT04

Mia Love 

X

R

VA07

Dave Brat

 

R

VA10

Barbara Comstock 

X

R

WA04

Dan Newhouse 

X

R

WI06

Glenn Grothman 

X

R

WV02

Alex Mooney 

 

R

WV03

Evan Jenkins 

 

R

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  • commented 2015-03-12 11:10:58 -0400
    Thank you for this article. It is interesting to note how at the same time you are reporting people are seeing the lies about trade agreements creating jobs — when the facts show past agreements have lost jobs. Former Obama administration operatives have created a phony organization: Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. It is led by Obama campaign alumni Mitch Stewart, the Battleground States Director for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, and Lydia Tran, the former National Press Secretary for Organizing for America. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post gave the claim of job creation four Pinocchio Noses — the highest lie score possible. And Reuters reports: “Nearly 5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs — one in four — have been lost since NAFTA and the various post-NAFTA expansion deals were enacted through fast track.” And, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports: 3 out of 5 displaced workers who found a job are earning less money and one-third took a pay cut of 20% or more. Why would anyone support trade agreements that undermine the economy and are based on lies?