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H.R. 2






Chief Sponsor: Glenn A. Donnelson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This resolution of the House of Representatives urges the President of the United States
             10      to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    urges the President of the United States to provide notice of withdrawal of the
             14      United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
             15      Special Clauses:
             16          None
             18      Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state of Utah:
             19          WHEREAS, the freedom enjoyed by Americans is made possible by our multi-layered
             20      federal system of local, state, and national governments based on the Declaration of
             21      Independence and the United States Constitution;
             22          WHEREAS, according to the Department of Commerce, United States trade deficits
             23      with Canada and Mexico have significantly widened since the implementation of the North
             24      American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA ) in 1993;
             25          WHEREAS, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the United States
             26      manufacturing sector has lost as many as 766,000 jobs since that time;
             27          WHEREAS, on July 18, 1993, Henry A. Kissinger wrote in the Los Angeles Times

             28      regarding NAFTA: "What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement
             29      but the architecture of a new international system";
             30          WHEREAS, future unrestricted foreign trucking into the United States can pose a
             31      safety hazard due to inadequate maintenance and inspection, and can act collaterally as a
             32      conduit for the entry into the United States of illegal drugs and terrorist activities;
             33          WHEREAS, the economic and physical security of the United States is impaired by the
             34      potential loss of control of its borders attendant to the full operation of NAFTA; and
             35          WHEREAS, Chapter 22, Article 2205 of NAFTA states: "A Party may withdraw from
             36      this Agreement six months after it provides written notice of withdrawal to the other Parties. If
             37      a Party withdraws, the Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.":
             38          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the
             39      state of Utah urges the President of the United States to provide written notice of withdrawal of
             40      the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in accordance
             41      with Article 2205 of the Agreement.
             42          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             43      the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United
             44      States House of Representatives, and to the members of Utah's congressional delegation.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-21-08 10:33 AM

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