Congressman Norcross Opposes ‘Misguided’ Fast-Track Bill
Washington, DC – Citing his commitment to job growth, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) railed against legislation that would fast-track a major international trade deal and limit Congress’ input on future measures impacting American jobs.
Voting against H.R. 1314, Norcross cited nearly 20,000 jobs lost in his district since NAFTA was enacted in 1994. Any legislation that would limit Congressional input on trade, he said, would be repeating history, a history that has not been kind to American workers.
“They call it a trade for a reason: American workers have to trade a good job for a worse one, or none at all,” Norcross told his colleagues on the House floor Friday. “The scars of past trade deals can be seen in empty warehouses throughout our country.”
Norcross joined with leaders of both parties to oppose the bill, which would prevent Congress from amending major international trade deals regardless of their impact on American jobs.
“This deal leaves Congress with no other avenue for input,” said Norcross, who cited the country’s slow emergence from the worst economy in recent history. “And I think that’s seriously misguided.”
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