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9/14/2004

More Proof the Bush Administration is against working class people

Three more news stories showing that the current Bush Administration does not have Working Americans best interests in mind.
How much does it take to show this administration is for corporate owners, not the workers.
GOP discussion about National Security is a smoke and mirrors effect to divert voters eyes away from the current state of the economy.
-- Revolution

CHINA POLICIES = LOST JOBS

Apparently without even reading it, the Bush administration rejected a petition calling for strong trade sanctions against China unless it revalues its currency.

The China Currency Coalition, a broad-based coalition of businesses, unions and agricultural and service organizations, filed the 200-page petition Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Three hours later, the U.S. Trade Representative, on behalf of the administration, rejected the petition outright. China’s stubborn refusal to change its exchange rate gives it a 40 percent price advantage over U.S. products and is an unfair trade practice under World Trade Organization rules and U.S. trade law, coalition leaders say.

“This is so far from a level playing field, it is almost vertical,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka said at a Sept. 9 press conference in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, members of Congress are taking aim at China’s trade practices. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to impose stiff trade penalties against China if it does not revalue its currency within 180 days.

House Democratic leaders also introduced a bill Sept. 8 that would help save 700,000 U.S. textile jobs that could be threatened by a flood of imports from China once global textile and apparel quotas are eliminated at the end of the year.

OVERTIME FIGHT MOVES TO SENATE

President George W. Bush has threatened to veto the bill that funds the nation’s education and health care if it contains an amendment that blocks new rules that threaten overtime pay for 6 million workers. The House of Representatives, on a bipartisan vote of 223–193, passed Sept. 9 an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill that would force the U.S. Labor Department to rescind changes to the Federal Labor Standards Act that limit eligibility for overtime pay. The amendment would let stand new inflation adjustment rules that will benefit some 384,000 low-income workers. The Senate is expected to begin work on its version of the appropriations bill this week. The House vote “sends a strong message to the White House: America’s workers, leaders and communities do not support his overtime pay cut, and President Bush should back off his threats to veto this important protection for workers’ overtime pay,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said. To tell Bush not to veto overtime pay protections, visit www.unionvoice.org/campaign/bush_NO_VETO. Bush has ignored four previous votes by Congress to stop the administration from cutting overtime pay. Workers have sent more than 1.6 million letters, e-mails and faxes protesting the overtime pay take-away since it was announced in March 2003. For more information, visit www.aflcio.org.

BUSH AIMS AT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE

Social Security will be at risk if President Bush wins a second term, say advocates for seniors and working families. At the Republican National Convention Sept. 2, Bush renewed his call to privatize Social Security, America’s most comprehensive family protection program. Meanwhile, the Bush administration’s Department of Health and Human Services took another swipe at seniors’ hard-earned benefits Sept. 3, announcing that Medicare premiums will rise 17 percent beginning January 2005—the largest increase in the program’s history. Fully 15 percent of the increase will go directly to private HMOs, according to analysis by the Alliance for Retired Americans. Bush’s Medicare reform bill passed by Congress last fall promised additional payments to insurers. The Alliance compiled a state-by-state analysis of the annual cost increase for Medicare beneficiaries. Download the chart at www.retiredamericans.org. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced legislation (S. 2180) to stop the record premium increase. Stabenow’s legislation would place a cap on Medicare premiums and hold the premium increase to the level of inflation.

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