From: Sara Ruth/CNN
Subject: Gephardt Calls Clinton Trade Authority Proposal 'A Step Backwards'
House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt called President Bill Clinton's fast track trade authority proposal "unacceptable" and a "step backwards." The fast-track proposal gives the president the authority to negotiate trade deals without any amendments from Congress.
In a statement, Gephardt said he felt the proposal would "send the wrong signal to the world community about what our priorities and standards in trade should be."
Gephardt would like to see stronger environmental and labor guarantees. "What I and others are arguing for is that U.S. workers and environment be treated and enforced the same as copyrights and investments," he said.
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