Call Senators Durbin and Burris! “Co-sponsor the TRADE Act!”

In November, Senator Sherrod Brown re-introduced the Senate version of the Trade Responsibility, Accountability, Development, and Education (TRADE) Act, requiring a review of existing and future trade agreements to make them in line with new requirements for labor, environmental, and human rights standards.

The TRADE Act already has 132 co-sponsors in the House, including 8 from Illinois. Call our Senators today and tell them to co-sponsor this important legislation! Click below for more information.

The TRADE Act requires a review of existing trade pacts, including NAFTA, the WTO and other major pacts, and sets forth what must and must not be included in future trade pacts. It also provides for the renegotiation of existing trade agreements and describes the key elements of a new trade negotiating and approval mechanism to replace Fast Track - the undemocratic negotiating system that go us into WTO and NAFTA - that would enhance Congress' role in the formative aspects of agreements and promote future deals that could enjoy broad support among the American public.

Call Senators Durbin and Burris and ask them to Co-sponsor S. 2821 the TRADE Act. Durbin's office can be reached at (202) 224-2152 and Burris' at (202) 224-2854. When you call ask to speak to the Trade LA. If he or she is not available, leave the following message on their voicemail.

"My name is __________ from _________ (city or zipcode). I am calling to ask the Senator to co-sponsor S 2821, the TRADE Act. For too long we've operated under a trade model that only benefits multinational corporations, at the expense of workers here at home and abroad. It is time for the United States to stand up for trade that is fair for us and for people in other countries. Please join almost 140 of your colleagues in Congress by co-sponsoring this legislation."

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