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  Sen. Chambliss against trade treaty
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News DateWednesday, March 23, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the newly powerful chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said Tuesday that he would vote against a proposed free trade agreement with Central American countries that President Bush covets and Atlanta officials deem critical for their chances of landing a hemisphere-wide trade headquarters.

With Congress soon to begin debating the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, Bush's free trade disciples have been scouring the country drumming up votes. U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives, as well as ambassadors from Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, visited Atlanta on Monday with the goal of persuading business and government officials to pressure their congressmen and senators in Washington.

Chambliss wasn't swayed.

"I am very concerned about the Central America Free Trade Agreement," the senator said in a statement released Tuesday. "I am particularly sensitive to the long-term impacts of the agreement that may alter certain U.S. farm programs. While many commodities in Georgia benefit from this agreement, including cotton, free trade agreements should remain faithful to current U.S. policy and not restrict options available to Congress in future farm bills.

"I would like to support the CAFTA, but as it currently stands, I will vote against the agreement when it comes to the floor."
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