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Mountain States Cut Off Fast-Trackers at the (Legislative) Pass

Right on the bootstraps of a Montana State Senate resolution letting Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) know that Fast Track's not the Montana way, the Nevada State Assembly and Senate recently passed a joint resolution (PDF) signalling to their congressional delegation they're not so thrilled with Fast Track either:

...the Nevada Legislature hereby urges Congress toreevaluate the "fast track" approval of international trade agreements, and to consider replacing that authority with a more democratic, inclusive and deliberative mechanism which takes into consideration the concerns of state legislatures and authorizes their participation in the international trade agreement process.

It's worth mentioning that the State Senate in Nevada is Republican-controlled. The desire for a democratic and accountable process in the negotiation of our trade policy is certainly a bipartisan concern -- especially when it's clear that Fast-Tracked international trade agreements undermine state level democracy and sovereignty (PDF). Senate Majority Leader Reid and Ways and Means committee members Reps. Shelley Berkley (D) and Jon Porter (R) will have a role to play in deciding the direction of our U.S. trade policy. Let's hope they're taking notes.

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