Thursday, June 29, 2006

Collins and Snowe Both Reject Oman Trade Deal

Senator Susan Collins joined Senator Olympia Snowe in standing up for workers' rights today by becoming one of only four Republicans to vote against the Oman "Free" Trade Agreement. Unfortunately, thanks in part to the votes ten Democratic Senators cast in favor of the treaty, it passed the Senate by a wide margin. Three possible Democratic presidential candidates -- Senators Clinton, Obama, and Kerry -- voted for the treaty, and should be pressed to explain their votes if they seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Senator Schumer deserves special recognition for voting against the treaty on the floor of the Senate after having voted for it in committee -- a willingness to admit mistakes is all too rare in politics today.

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