Resolution to Recognize and Commend the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and Its Global Significance of Enhanced Cooperation between the United States and Indonesia Exposed
The Resolution to Recognize and Commend the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and Its Global Significance of Enhanced Cooperation between the United States and Indonesia was adopted by ALEC's International Relations Task Force on August 5, 2010, apporved by the Board of Directors on September 19, 2010. According to ALEC.org, the Resolution was re-approved on January 16, 2016. (Accessed on 2/29/2016).
CMD's Bill Summary
From its 1998 resolution in support of "Fast Track" Trade Promotion Authority, which was used to push a permanent normal trading relationship with China through Congress in 2000 with little discussion or debate, to more recent resolutions in support of the proposed Colombia, Panama and Korea Free Trade Agreements, ALEC has consistently urged its members to support a radical "free trade" agenda. This free trade agenda has cost America millions of jobs as factories closed and moved overseas in search of cheaper labor. Since 2001, an estimated 2.4 million American jobs have been lost to China alone. Now a diverse array of service sector jobs, from accounting and tax preparation to health care and credit card servicing are being off-shored under these agreements. Such free trade agreements also allow public health, consumer, environmental and worker safety rules to be challenged as "barriers to trade" in trade tribunals that operate outside the constraints of U.S. law.
ALEC has also been a major promoter of the U.S. tobacco industry, which seeks to hook new generations of smokers on their products around the world. Reynolds Tobacco was the corporate co-chair of the International Relations Task Force of ALEC. ALEC has a trade resolution specifically targeting the European Union ban on Snus, a moist tobacco product often marketed to the young with fruit flavors. Reynolds produces Camel Snus in four flavors and is not happy that this dangerous product is banned in most of Europe. Note that ALEC maintains a list of "International Delegates," which are elected government officials around the world.
ALEC Resolution Text
WHEREAS, the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership is a commitment by the United States and Indonesia to broaden, deepen and elevate bilateral relations between the United States and Indonesia; and
WHEREAS, the partnership recognizes the global significance of enhanced cooperation between the world's second and third largest democracies, the tremendous possibilities for economic development, and the importance of fostering exchanges and mutual understanding between two of the world's most diverse nations; and
WHEREAS, work on the Comprehensive Partnership began in mid-2009 following United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Indonesia in early 2009 when the Secretary and Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda announced that the United States and Indonesia would begin discussions on developing a Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries; and the Presidents of both countries would launch the Comprehensive Partnership when President Obama visits Indonesia in 2010; and
WHEREAS, the United States has important economic, commercial and security interests in Indonesia, which is a linchpin of regional security due to its strategic location astride a number of key international maritime straits, particularly the Malacca Strait;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Legislative Exchange Council that this body recognizes and commends the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and its global significance of enhanced cooperation between the United States and Indonesia; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the President of Indonesia, the United States Secretary of State, the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and USINDO.