Fw: OOIDA Call to Action Alert – National

From: “OOIDA Call to Action Alert” <Angel_Burnell@ooida.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 15:03:33 -0500
To: <ty.everson@sprint.blackberry.net>
Subject: OOIDA Call to Action Alert – National

Congressman Peter DeFazio needs your help. 


The Congressman needs you to call your Representative in the U.S. House TODAY!


Congressman DeFazio is asking his fellow lawmakers in the House to sign their names to a letter that calls upon the Obama Administration to renegotiate NAFTA trucking provisions with Mexico.


In part, the letter to Transportation Secretary LaHood and Trade Representative Kirk says:


“We believe the U.S. should renegotiate Article 1202 of NAFTA, National Treatment of Cross-Border Trade in Services, to eliminate the requirement to open our borders to Mexican trucks.  This would remedy all the truck safety, homeland security, and unemployment issues associated with this long standing trade dispute.  A successful renegotiation would also eliminate retaliatory tariffs, which are negatively impacting our export markets.”


The letter also goes on to say:


“Removing the cross border trucking provision from NAFTA will also prevent more job losses at a time when we can least afford them.  Should the border be fully opened to Mexican trucks, the low wages of Mexican drivers will drive U.S trucking companies out of business. This continues a disturbing trend of American job losses through outsourcing. The difference is that we are allowing foreign workers making foreign wages to enter our nation and unfairly compete for American jobs.  Opening our border to Mexican trucks is a lose-lose for U.S. workers and the traveling public.”




Tell your Representative that you insist that he or she sign their name to Congressman DeFazio’s letter regarding the renegotiation of NAFTA trucking provisions.



To contact your Representative in the House, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, tell the operator that you want to speak with your Congressman and provide the operator with your home zip code. The operator will connect you directly to their office.


You are also welcome to call OOIDA at (800) 444-5791. Association staff will be happy to help put you in touch with your elected officials.





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