I wanted to share this note that came from some union members in Massachusetts after an in-district meeting they had with Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) about the T.R.A.D.E Act. Rep. Capuano's co-sponsorship of the bill brings us to 71 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives!
A hearty thanks to Rep. Capuano for standing with working people and to Rand Wilson, Joe Powers and the others who helped to make this meeting happen. Here's their note:
Rep. Michael Capuano co-sponsors T.R.A.D.E. bill
A small delegation of union members recently met with Rep. Mike Capuano to discuss the merits of the "Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act" (T.R.A.D.E.) / House Bill 6180, and the impact of trade and investment treaties on our congressional district. Picture of the group is attached.
The U.S. trade deficit is greater than ever and hundreds of thousands of family-supporting jobs have been destroyed (many right here in the 8th District of Massachusetts), yet President Bush and many in Congress want more trade as usual.
It is time for the United States to bring its trade policy in-line with economic reality and our values; the TRADE Act provides just such an opportunity. For more info and action steps, visit http://www.citizenstrade.org/tradeact.php
Representative Capuano agreed that we need a new model for U.S. trade policy and he will now be a co-sponsor of the bill.
Hats off to Joe Power of Carpenters Local 40 for arranging the meeting with Rep. Capuano!