AFL-CIO’s TV Assaults Begin

The AFL-CIO on Feb. 23 launched a new grassroots mobilization campaign by airing television ads urging Congressmen to vote against permanent normal trade relations status for China.  The ads are being shown in the districts of eleven Representatives and three Senators. AFL-CIO wants to prevent Congress from voting to end its annual review of China’s trading status with the United States by granting it permanent NTR. The effort is part of the AFL-CIO’s “multitrack campaign on globalization” announced last week at its executive council meeting in New Orleans. According to the AFL-CIO, the 14 targeted members of Congress are: Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.), and John Ashcroft (R-Mo.), Chief Deputy Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Reps. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Dianna DeGette (D-Colo.), Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), Nick Smith (R-Mich.), Edward Whitfield (R-Ky.), and Dave Weldon (R-Fla.). [BNA 2/24/00]