H. R. 6259
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 29, 2010
Mr. Space introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To require approval to enter into trade agreements with foreign countries, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Vote On Trade Every time Act or
Approval to enter into trade agreements
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the President may not enter into a trade agreement with one or more foreign countries unless the electors of the United States authorize the President to take such action. The President, in consultation with State election officials, shall promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the previous sentence.
Before entering into negotiations to enter into a trade agreement with one or more foreign countries, the United States Trade Representative shall hold a series of public hearings throughout the United States to receive input on the effects of the trade agreement on economic growth and employment in the United States.
Location of hearings
The public hearings required under paragraph (1) should be held in areas of the United States that have been, are, or may be adversely affected by trade agreements with foreign countries, as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In this section, the term trade agreement means any bilateral, regional, or multilateral free trade agreement.
This Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall apply with respect to entering into a trade agreement with one or more foreign countries on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.