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McCaskill (D-Mo) urged to reject Peru trade deal

Published Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pamela Brogan

Washington Farm, union and trade groups are urging Sen. Claire McCaskill, a freshman Democrat, to vote against a free trade agreement with Peru, saying it would cause job losses for Missouri workers and depress income for farmers.

"There are so many things that are wrong with it," said Jim Kabell, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 245 in Springfield and president of the Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska Conference of Teamsters.

he union estimates Missouri lost 31,000 jobs under the North American Free Trade Agreement between 1996 and 2004. It fears more job losses under the Peru agreement and that the deal does not protect U.S. workers as some previous treaties have.

Russ Kremer, president of the Missouri Farmers Union, said the agreement "threatens to erode the profitability of farmers," particularly corn and cattle producers because of low-cost competition.

McCaskill said she hasn't decided how she'll vote.

"I will review this proposed trade agreement with a critical eye to assure that American interests are protected," McCaskill said in a statement.

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