Senate to vote on Trade bill that would allow Pres. Obama to negotiate immigration increases -- Call your Senators and urge NO vote!
Your two U.S. Senators need to hear from you today! Please call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. See the red action box for more details.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on the fast-track trade bill that would give Pres. Obama and future presidents full negotiating authority over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
NumbersUSA takes no position on trade bills in general, but we do ask for assurances that trade agreements don't make changes to existing immigration laws.
As pointed out in a 5-page memo drafted by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), past administrations have used fast-track trade authority to increase the number of foreign guest workers, extend the length of guest-worker visas, and reduce worker protections that cost American workers their jobs.
If Congress grants Pres. Obama fast-track authority, it forfeits its ability to amend any agreement, including provisions that could increase immigration levels. Please call your two U.S. Senators today!
Call your Senators
Please call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose the fast-track trade authority bill, S.995. When the staffer answers, you can use the talking points below.
Capitol Switchboard -- (202) 224-3121
I urge you to oppose S.955, the bill that would grant fast-track trade authority to Pres. Obama. I believe Congress should retain its power to review and amend any trade agreement that the United States enters into, and by granting Pres. Obama fast-track authority, Congress would be giving up that power.
As Sen. Jeff Sessions from Alabama pointed out in his 5-page memo, free trade agreements have been used by past administrations to bypass Congress and make changes to existing immigration laws. Given this president's track record on immigration, I don't understand why you would want to give him such broad authority. Please tell the Senator to read Sen. Sessions' memo and oppose TPA.