Fast-Track Failure a Defeat for International Trade, Engagement and the Economy

Friday, 25 September 1998

"Today's vote is a disappointment to all Americans who recognize that the United States benefits more from leading the global marketplace than from closing our doors to the world," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "Trade and engagement provide the building blocks that have been instrumental in strengthening today's U.S. economy. With 96 percent of the world's population living outside of U.S. borders, that is where major growth opportunities will continue to lie."

"Many U.S. exporters, including America's farmers, have been particularly hard hit by falling prices and a diminished ability to sell in the international market. Instead of retreating -- by rejecting fast-track -- our government should be aggressively working to open new markets for American products and services," Kittredge continued.

Kittredge applauded the 180 Members voting in favor of fast-track, noting that the vote will weigh heavily in their favor in the USA*ENGAGE/NFTC final Congressional "report card," which tracks congressional votes on issues affecting international trade and engagement. The interim report card is now available on the USA*ENGAGE web site at

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.


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491