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Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty Letter to President Obama

August 27th, 2010

August 27, 2010

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

We are contacting you on behalf of the Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty (Vermont Commission) regarding renegotiation of the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea (Korea FTA).  It has come to our attention that in renegotiating the Korea FTA, the United States Trade Representative will rely largely upon language negotiated and signed by President Bush three years ago.  We believe that reliance on the previously negotiated language is a mistake due to several provisions in the language that could substantially undermine state sovereignty and traditional state regulatory authority. It is important to emphasize that the Commission is not opposed to trade agreements and supports trade with other countries as vital to Vermontís, as well as the nationís, economy...

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