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IAHF List: From the article below you can see just HOW CLOSE this battle in Congress really is, and I hope this impresses upon you that OUR HEALTH FREEDOM ISSUE really could be the deciding factor in whether or not we get sold into bondage via CAFTA and get HARM-onized to CODEX, or whether we remain free of the elements of coersion.
WHAT TO DO:
Lets target the FENCE SITTERS to impress upon them their political reality: you MESS with the vitamin consumers of America, and you can kiss your JOB GOODBYE, because we WILL blacklist you on our websites and we WON'T FORGET come the next election.
Congressman Paul and his Liberty Committee will be coming out with a "Dear Colleague" letter tomorrow to COUNTER the one sent out today by Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL) who is regurgitating the spin emanating from the US Trade Representatives office on the CAFTA/CODEX vitamin issue.
As I said in my last alert http://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive_show_message.php?jham+378 the Liberty Caucus will be hosting a STAFF BRIEFING on OUR ISSUE on Wednesday, and I need your help to get your members staff to attend. (See last alert for details).
WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO NOW is target those congressmen who are on the FENCE, and the list can be seen HERE: http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/update07.21.05.htm
You must also KEEP CALLING the HOUSE via these 3 toll free #s which take you to the Capital Switchboard 866-340-9279, 877-762-8762, 866-340-9281 If one is busy, try the next!
What to Say:
"I am a dietary supplement consumer opposed to CAFTA. I have seen the policy briefing of the US Trade Representatives Office about CAFTA and Dietary Supplements, and it doesn't hold water, it is very powerfully contradicted by the Rebuttal of The Coalition for Health Freedom at http://www.coalitionforhealthfreedom.org I am aware of Clay Shaw's "Dear Colleague" letter on this issue but it is directly contradicted by the Dear Colleague letter from Congressman Paul, who has his facts straight. If you vote for CAFTA despite my strong objections, I will work TIRELESSLY to drive you from office in the next election, and you will be BLACKLISTED on the website of The Coalition for Health Freedom"
CAFTA picks up more Republican Votes
By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WriterMon Jul 25, 8:16 PM ET
Supporters of the Central American Free Trade Agreement on Monday picked up votes from several textile-state Republicans, but were still hedging on whether they would have a majority when the trade deal comes up for a vote in the House.
"We're getting to the point where we will have the votes," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman (news, bio, voting record) said a news conference announcing concessions aimed at ensuring that CAFTA will not result in a further loss of jobs to the battered U.S textile industry.
With the concessions, three House Republicans who had previously leaned against the pact, Spencer Bachus and Mike Rogers of Alabama and Bob Inglis of South Carolina, said they would now support it.
With the side deal on textiles, CAFTA will help Alabama and the United States, Bachus said. "Additional uncommitted members are realizing this as well and are coming aboard."
The House could vote on the free trade agreement with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic as early as Wednesday. The Senate approved the accord, signed more than a year ago, last month on a 54-45 vote.
The House vote has enormous political stakes for both sides. The Bush administration has campaigned relentlessly for CAFTA's passage, saying its defeat would undermine political stability in the region and would be a blow to the United States as it seeks to negotiate far larger efforts to open international markets.
Democrats are nearly united against it, arguing that the pact will lead to further losses of U.S. jobs and the exploitation of workers in Central America.
Under the side agreement on textiles, a loophole is closed to assure that China and other Asian suppliers will not be able to displace U.S. companies as suppliers of pocketing and lining for Central American manufacturers. Nicaragua would also be required to buy increased amounts of U.S. trouser fabric.
The National Council of Textile Organizations, which previously came out in support of CAFTA, said the deal on pockets, which requires congressional action, would save the industry $100 million. It noted that apparel imported to the U.S. from CAFTA countries has on average more than 70 percent U.S. content, while apparel from China has less than one percent U.S. content.
The House is also to vote Tuesday on a bill to increase monitoring of China's compliance with its trade obligations, fulfilling another promise to lawmakers undecided on CAFTA on the grounds that the United States is not doing enough to enforce trade laws.