USA*ENGAGE Applauds Rejection of Kucinich/Sanders Amendment

Thursday, 6 August 1998

The defeated measure would have barred the federal government from challenging foreign policy initiatives by state and local governments -- even when in violation of U.S. multilateral obligations. The 228 to 200 vote represented a clear "about-face" for Congress, which last year overwhelmingly passed into law a similar amendment explicitly authorizing funds for the United States Trade Representative to defend state sanctions.

The effort to preserve the federal government's jurisdiction over international trade was lead by Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), Lee Hamilton (D-IN), Phil Crane (R-IL), Mike Oxley (R-OH) and William Jefferson (D-LA).

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 676 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at



Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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