Pocan launches campaign on 'harmful effects' of free trade agreements

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., says he's launched a two-week long campaign to highlight the negative effects free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, have had on the U.S. economy and the environment.

The congressman said his goal is to raise awareness about health, safety and economic risks associated with fast-tracking trade deals through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority.

“Wisconsinites have seen what happens when these types of free trade deals are rushed through Washington: contaminated food and toys, closed factories, and lost jobs,” said Pocan. “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to make the same mistakes of the past.  I am launching this campaign to raise awareness about the serious health, safety and economic risks associated with massive trade deals.  Congress must have the time to conduct thorough and careful oversight of trade agreements that could have serious consequences for our constituents."