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Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: for free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine
Source: Foreign Affairs Authorization (S.AMDT.267 to S.600)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Ukraine.
SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: The recent Orange Revolution in Ukraine marked a huge victory for the advancement of democracy in the world. The Ukrainian people made clear that they would not stand idle as a corrupt regime sought to deny them their democratic rights. Now that the people of Ukraine have seized control of their destiny, the US must stand ready to assist them as they do the hard work of consolidating democracy.
The purpose of the amendment is to terminate the Jackson-Vanik amendment, with respect to Ukraine. Beyond any benefits to our bilateral trading relationship, lifting Jackson-Vanik for Ukraine constitutes an important symbol of Ukraine's new democracy and its relationship with the US. Tomorrow, Ukrainian President
Yushchenko will address a joint session of Congress, an honor which we bestow on few foreign leaders. As we have the privilege of welcoming this true hero of democracy, I can think of no better gesture than terminating the anachronistic & inappropriate Jackson-Vanik restrictions on Ukraine.
EXCERPTS OF AMENDMENT:
Congress finds that Ukraine has--[Restrictions on trade] should no longer apply to Ukraine; and Congress proclaims the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of that country.
- made considerable progress toward respecting fundamental human rights
- adopted administrative procedures that accord its citizens the right to emigrate, travel freely, and to return to their country without restriction; and
- been found to be in full compliance with the freedom of emigration provisions in the Trade Act of 1974.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Considered by Senate on 4/6/2005; never came to a vote.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13.
Question 13: Support & expand free trade
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
- Topic: Free Trade
- Headline: Free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine
- Headline 2: Sponsored bill for trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine
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participating in 05-SP267
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participating in 05-SP267
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