Accountability Alert: Fast Track Approved

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Thursday, June 25, 2015 (from the IATSE News Center)


The final vote in the U.S. Senate yesterday on Fast Track was quite disappointing, with passage by a vote of 60 to 38.  The Fast Track bill will now be sent directly to President Obama’s desk. 

Members of the U. S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives must be held accountable for their actions.  Below is a list of the 13 Senators and 28 members of the House of Representatives who voted against the house of labor.


The following is a list of those 13 Senate Democrats and 28 members of the House who voted WRONG on Fast Track:

HOUSE State/District/Member

  • AL-07 Terri Sewell
  • CA-07 Ami Bera
  • CA-16 Jim Costa
  • CA-20 Sam Farr
  • CA-52 Scott Peters
  • CA-53 Susan Davis
  • CO-02 Jared Polis
  • CT-04 Jim Himes
  • FL-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • IL-05 Mike Quigley
  • MD-06 John Delaney
  • NE-02 Brad Ashford
  • NY-04 Kathleen Rice
  • NY-05 Gregory Meeks
  • OR-01 Suzanne Bonamici
  • OR-03 Earl Blumenauer
  • OR-05 Kurt Schrader
  • TN-05 Jim Cooper
  • TX-15 Rubén Hinojosa
  • TX-16 Beto O'Rourke
  • TX-28 Henry Cuellar
  • TX-30 Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • VA-08 Don Beyer
  • VA-11 Gerry Connolly
  • WA-01 Suzan DelBene
  • WA-02 Rick Larsen
  • WA-06 Derek Kilmer
  • WI-03 Ron Kind

Click here to see how your U.S. Representative voted.







  • CA Dianne Feinstein
  • CO Michael Bennet
  • DE Tom Carper
  • DE Chris Coons
  • FL Bill Nelson
  • MO Claire McCaskill
  • NH Jeanne Shaheen
  • ND Heidi Heitkamp
  • OR Ron Wyden
  • VA Tim Kaine
  • VA Mark Warner
  • WA Maria Cantwell
  • WA Patty Murray


Click here to see how your Senators voted. [3]



AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent a letter to members of the Senate and the House expressing labor’s concerns and the following is an excerpt from these letters:

Congress has now approved fast track authority, which will give the executive branch the opportunity to negotiate—in secret—as many trade agreements as it can through at least June 30, 2018 (and likely through 2021).  Fast track 2015 fails to hold the executive branch accountable for achieving negotiating objectives, addressing the U.S. trade imbalance, or ensuring that trade deals adequately protect good jobs, workers’ rights, environmental protections, access to affordable medicines, food safety, and other vital protections for working families. 

We will now redouble our efforts to shape and improve U.S. trade policy.  We will vigorously oppose TPP if it continues on its current course – with problematic provisions on investor-state-dispute settlement, procurement and intellectual property rights; without any protections against currency manipulation; with weak rules of origin; and with inadequate protections for workers’ and human rights and the environment. We will continue to work closely with Congress and with our allies in the environmental, consumer, human rights, family farm, faith, development, domestic business, immigrants’, women’s and internet privacy rights organizations – among many others – to educate and mobilize our members and the American public about what a good trade policy ought to be and why this one falls short.

IATSE Locals and Members are urged to call your Senators to hold them accountable for voting for Fast Track, or to thank them for voting no.



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