Fast Track Passage a Devastating Blow to Working Families

Though New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation Nearly Unanimous in Opposition to Jobs-Killing Measure

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) also known as Fast Track. The measure outrageously allows no amendments and limited debate on trade deals and opens the floodgates to devastating job losses and reduced working standards around the globe. Despite the collective opposition from the labor movement, progressive allies, and environmental and human rights groups, the bill will be signed into law by President Obama, who made Fast Track one of his top legislative priorities.

With Fast Track authority, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which have been negotiated behind closed doors, will receive little to no public scrutiny and will hinge on a single up or down vote from Congress. While the potential impact of such a policy is difficult to assess, the lack of transparency and unprecedented power given to Big Businesses and a single branch of government to influence trade policies is nothing less than a disaster for working families in America and around the world.

While the labor movement did everything in its power to stop Fast Track, a rare alliance between President Obama and Senate and House leadership generated an unassailable majority of support in Congress. In New Jersey, however nearly our entire Congressional Delegation stood with working families in opposition to Fast Track. This outcome is a testament to the strength and solidarity of our labor movement in New Jersey and we thank our brothers and sisters for their support.

We would like to recognize our elected officials who did not bow to political pressure and voted in the interest of New Jersey families and American workers.

New Jersey Congressional Delegation Positions on Fast Track

Fast Track

NJ Members of Congress

US SENATE

No

 Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

No

 Cory Booker (D-NJ)

US HOUSE

No

 Donald Norcross (D-1)

No

 Frank LoBiondo (R-2)

No

 Tom MacArthur (R-3)

No

 Chris Smith (R-4)

No

 Scott Garrett (R-5)

No

 Frank Pallone (D-6)

Yes

 Leonard Lance (R-7)

No

 Albio Sires (D-8)

No

 Bill Pascrell (D-9)

No

 Donald Payne Jr. (D-10)

Yes

 Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11)

No

 Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12)

Despite another blow to working families, the labor movement remains undeterred in its effort to enact policies that provide permanent, family sustaining jobs and promote strong, vibrant communities. The fight will continue.

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